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Russian missile strikes on Ukraine kill one person in Kyiv

Russian missile strikes on Ukraine kill one person in Kyiv

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  • Russia fired more than 20 cruise missiles, killing one person
  • President Zelensky says the Russians are in league with the devil
  • The attack called “New Year’s Eve terror” in Kyiv
  • The energy minister said the attacks did not cause serious damage

Kyiv, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Russia fired more than 20 cruise missiles at targets in Ukraine on Saturday, killing at least one person in Kyiv, in attacks that President Volodymyr Zelensky said showed Moscow was in league with the devil .

The second volley of major Russian missile attacks in three days caused severe damage to a Kyiv hotel and an apartment building. Energy Minister German Galushchenko said on Facebook that the strikes did not cause serious damage to the national power system.

Russia has been attacking vital Ukrainian infrastructure since October with barrage missiles and drones, causing massive blackouts due to the cold weather.

Zelensky, speaking in a video address, noted that Russia had also launched attacks on Easter and Christmas.

“They call themselves Christians… but they are for the devil. They are for him and with him,” he said.

At least a dozen people were injured in the attacks. A Japanese journalist was among the wounded and taken to hospital, Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said.

DTEK, the country’s largest private power company, later said it had lifted the emergency power outages in Kyiv and the surrounding region.

Zelensky, in comments addressed to Russian speakers, said President Vladimir Putin is destroying Russia’s future.

“No one will forgive you for terror. No one in the world will forgive you for this. Ukraine will not,” he said, repeating calls for allies to supply more anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems.

Army chief Valery Zaluzhny said air defenses shot down 12 incoming cruise missiles, including six around the Kyiv region, five in the Zhytomyr region and one in the Khmelnytskyi region.

The cruise missiles were fired from strategic bombers over the Caspian Sea hundreds of miles away and from ground-based launchers, he said on Telegram.

“Russia’s massive missile attack is deliberately targeting residential areas, not even our energy infrastructure,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted after the attack.

“The war criminal Putin ‘celebrates’ the New Year by killing people,” Kuleba said, calling for Russia to be stripped of its permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

Ukrainian human rights ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets described the attack as “terror on New Year’s Eve”.

EXPLOSIONS ACROSS THE NATION

Other cities in Ukraine were also shelled. In the southern region of Nikolaev, local governor Vitaly Kim said on television that six people were injured.

Kim, in a separate Telegram post, said Russia had targeted civilians with the strikes, something Moscow has previously denied.

“According to today’s trends, the occupiers are hitting not only critical (infrastructure) … in many cities (they are targeting) just residential areas, hotels, garages, roads.

In the western city of Khmelnytskyi, two people were injured in a drone strike, Ukrainian presidential aide Kyrylo Tymoshenko said. He also reported a strike in the southern industrial city of Zaporozhye, which Tymoshenko said had damaged residential buildings.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry responded on Telegram, saying: “With each new missile attack on civilian infrastructure, more and more Ukrainians are convinced of the need to fight until the complete collapse of the Putin regime.”

A curfew ranging from 19:00 to midnight remained in force across Ukraine, making celebrations for the start of 2023 impossible in public places.

Several district governors posted messages on social media warning residents not to violate restrictions on New Year’s Eve.

(This story has been revised to correct a typo in the headline)

Additional reporting by Pavel Polityuk and David Ljunggren; Written by Max Hunder and Tom Balmforth; Editing by Hugh Lawson, David Holmes and Mark Porter

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