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Ukraine downs 21/41 Russian missiles in another massive missile assault that killed at least six civilians (updated)

Ukraine’s Air Force says Russia launched 41 missiles as air defenders downed 21 of those. The attack killed at least six civilians.
Aftermath of the Russian missile attack on Kharkiv on 23 January 2024. Photo: Telegram/Oleh Syniehubov
Ukraine downs 21/41 Russian missiles in another massive missile assault that killed at least six civilians (updated)

After a week-long break, Russia launched another massive aerial attack on Ukraine. The main target of the assault was the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv. President Zelenskyy said the Russian attack killed at least six civilians and injured dozens. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Air Force says Russia has used 41 missiles of five types as the air defenders destroyed 21 of those. The attack claimed the lives of at least six people and injured about 80 civilians.

Russia had been stockpiling missiles for such winter attacks since last summer, as its missile production remained at low levels and the Soviet-era stocks were depleted during the first 1.5 years of the all-out war. These missiles were deployed en masse only starting in late December 2023, following months primarily focused on suicide drone attacks.

Read Euromaidan Press’ live coverage of today’s missile attack:

Russia launches another massive missile attack against Ukraine killing at least two civilians (live updates)

Combined missile attack

The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine says Russia launched 41 missiles of five different types, including cruise, ballistic, air-guided, and anti-air missiles.

The AF says Russia launched the following missiles:

  • 4 S-300/S-400 anti-aircraft guided missiles from Russia’s Belgorod region targeting Kharkiv Oblast;
  • 15 Kh-101/Kh-555/Kh-55 cruise missiles from six Tu-95MS strategic bombers (launch area: Engels, Russia)
  • 8 Kh-22 anti-ship missiles from Tu-22M3 bombers from Russia’s Bryansk and Oryol oblasts in the direction of Ukraine’s Kharkiv and Sumy Oblasts;
  • 12 Iskander-M ballistic missiles (launch area: Belgorod and Voronezh oblasts)
  • 2 Kh-59 guided missiles from two Su-34 aircraft (launch area: Belgorod Oblasts, Russia).

The ballistic missiles are the most challenging aerial targets for Ukraine’s air defenses. Of all Ukrainian anti-air systems, only the Patriot surface-to-air missile systems can destroy them.

The Ukrainian Air Force says the country’s air defenders destroyed 21 missiles of those 41:

  • 15 Kh-101/Kh-555/Kh-55 cruise missiles;
  • 5 Iskander-M ballistic missiles;
  • one X-59 guided missile.

“It is important to note that not all enemy missiles that attacked via ballistic trajectory reached their targets,” the Air Force noted.

Civilian casualties

The Russian January 23 missile attack killed at least five civilians in Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Pavlohrad,  and injured at least 40, Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said.

Kharkiv

As of 11:00, the search and rescue operations continued in Kharkiv, where the Russians hit residential areas with S-300 missiles. The State Emergency Service reported that the attack killed at least three and injured 42, including four children, while the first responders rescued 27 people from the rubble.

The occupiers hit residential high-rise buildings, causing significant damage. An educational institution and other civilian infrastructure were also destroyed. There are people trapped under the rubble,” the Emergency Service reported.

Kyiv

Interior Minister Klymenko reported that several fires broke out in Kyiv due to the missile strike – in the Sviatoshynskyi, Solomianskyi, and Pecherskyi districts. One person was killed. In Kyiv Oblast, rescuers were working in the Bucha district. Two multi-storey buildings, a private house, outbuildings, and cars were damaged. Three people were injured.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said a woman reportedly killed in the Russian attack was resuscitated and brought to an intensive care unit:

As of this hour [10:32], 20 people have been injured in the capital by the Russian missile attack. Of these, 13 have been hospitalized, including three children. One 13-year-old boy and six adult victims were treated on the spot by medics. One woman was resuscitated. She is in a serious condition in the intensive care unit, but she is alive!” Klitschko wrote.

Later, the Kyiv City Military Administration said the injury toll in Kyiv rose to 22.

Pavlohrad

The Russian attack killed one civilian in Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, and injured another one, according to Klymenko.

Update:

In his address to the nation at 13:00, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy updated on civilian casualties caused by the morning Russian missile strikes:

  • the injury toll from Russia’s missile attack on Kyiv was 22;
  • the missile strikes killed five and injured 51, including four children in Kharkiv “according to preliminary data”;
  • In Dnipro’s Pavlohrad, the Russian missile attack killed one civilian.

Previously, the Sumy Oblast Administration also reported that a Russian missile hit a critical infrastructure object in Shostka, but there were no data regarding the casualties caused by the strike.

Update:

The number of people injured in the Russian missile assault on Kharkiv has risen to 57, the Interior Ministry’s press service reports. Eight children and three policemen were among those wounded. Five people were killed.

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