Kyiv, Lviv without power after Russia launches ‘massive’ air and sea-based cruise missile strike across Ukraine

Almost half of Kyiv and almost the entire city of Lviv are without power on Thursday after Russia launched another massive missile attack on Ukraine with air and sea-based cruise missiles.

Ukraine’s air force shot down 54 of 69 missiles fired at western cities including Lviv, Kyiv and Odesa in its latest large-scale missile strike that targeted civilian and energy infrastructure.

“The enemy continues to resort to its missile terror against peaceful citizens of Ukraine,” Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said in a Telegram post.

Anti-aircraft guided missiles launched from Russia’s S-300 missile systems, a long-range surface-to-air system, were also fired on Thursday morning.

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A dog walks among the rubble of houses destroyed by a missile attack outside Kyiv on December 29, 2022, following a Russian missile attack in Ukraine.  - Russian missile attacks hit Ukraine, including major cities such as Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv, on December 29, injuring at least five and cutting power in the west.

A dog walks among the rubble of houses destroyed by a missile attack outside Kyiv on December 29, 2022, following a Russian missile attack in Ukraine. – Russian missile attacks hit Ukraine, including major cities such as Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv, on December 29, injuring at least five and cutting power in the west.
(Photo by GENYA SAVILOV / AFP via Getty Images)

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said 16 missiles had been fired over the capital, although he would not confirm how many missiles were fired in total.

At least three people were injured in the attacks in Kyiv, including a 14-year-old girl, after debris from a fallen missile crashed into a private residence.

Klitschko said 40 percent of the city was without power, but said engineers were working to restore power supplies.

TOPSHOT - Rescuers clear debris from houses destroyed by a missile attack outside Kyiv, December 29, 2022, after a Russian missile attack in Ukraine.

TOPSHOT – Rescuers clear debris from houses destroyed by a missile attack outside Kyiv, December 29, 2022, after a Russian missile attack in Ukraine.
(Photo by GENYA SAVILOV / AFP via Getty Images)

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A whopping 90 percent of the western city of Lviv is without power after the city’s mayor reported “explosions.”

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy warned that water supplies could also be cut and urged citizens to stay in shelters while the city works to get generators up and running.

Odesa, in southwestern Ukraine, stopped 21 missiles fired at it, according to the Kyiv Independent.

According to the Ukrainian General Staff, the kamikaze drones also targeted infrastructure in Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk regions.

Kyiv’s top defense officials have repeatedly called on their Western allies to improve air defenses, noting that while Ukraine’s troops have made advances on the ground, it is unable to adequately defend its citizens from the skies while Russia continues its constant air assaults.

“We cannot comprehensively defeat them in all directions,” the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, said in an interview with the BBC on Thursday.

TOPSHOT: Missile trails are seen in the sky over Kyiv on December 29, 2022 amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

TOPSHOT: Missile trails are seen in the sky over Kyiv on December 29, 2022 amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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“The situation is deadlocked,” he said, noting that without more air defenses and advanced weaponry, the situation in Ukraine remains at a standstill. “We look forward to further arms shipments and the arrival of more advanced weapons.”

Progress on the front lines has largely stalled, although heavy fighting continues in Donetsk and particularly around Bakhmut.

Russian forces have gone on the defensive in other regions, including Kherson and Luhansk, as they seek to hold on to the territory they occupy.

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