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Loud explosions in Kyiv

Ukraine’s air force said multiple missiles were flying towards the capital Kyiv early on Tuesday, shortly after nationwide air alerts were raised due to a threat from Russian bombers.

A series of more than 10 loud explosions were heard by Agence France-Presse journalists in Kyiv on Tuesday morning, shaking buildings in the centre.

The city’s military administration said fragments of downed rockets had fallen in several districts including on residential buildings. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said power had gone out in several areas of the capital.

“Kyiv – stay in shelters. Many missiles heading in your direction,” the air force said on Telegram.

The air force said Russians were launching Kinzhal missiles and more were heading towards the capital. Strikes have hit the north-eastern city of Kharkiv, said the head of the military administration, Oleg Sinegubov.

Key events

Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, has condemned the “massive Russian attack” on Kyiv and Kharkiv after the country’s two largest cities came under heavy ballistic missile bombardments.

She wrote on X:

The massive Russian attack on Kyiv and Kharkiv means dozens of injured civilians, residential buildings on fire. Unfortunately, we have casualties.

Speaking of war fatigue, it is worth remembering: the enemy is not tired of killing every day. Only force will stop him.

Масована російська атака на Київ і Харків — це десятки постраждалих мирних людей, житлові будинки у вогні. На жаль, маємо загиблих. Кажучи про втому від війни, варто пам’ятати: ворог не втомився вбивати щодня. Його зупинить лише сила. 🇺🇦 має силу духу, але потребує сили зброї. pic.twitter.com/sEl30IGeRs

— Олена Зеленська (@ZelenskaUA) January 2, 2024

In the Pechersk district of Kyiv, debris hit the roof of a nine-storey building and another multi-storey building, the military administration said.

Fires also broke out in a supermarket and a warehouse, the mayor said.

A view of a site of a residential building heavily damaged after a missile attack in Kyiv.
A view of a site of a residential building heavily damaged after a missile attack in Kyiv. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

During the night, fragments of ballistic missiles fell on apartment buildings in Kyiv, interrupting water and electricity supplies in some areas, Gyunduz Mamedov, a former deputy prosecutor general of Ukraine, wrote on X.

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Artem Mazhulin

Here is an update on the situation on the ground in Kyiv.

As a result of a missile attack in Solomyansky district, two multistorey residential buildings caught fire, injuring 10 people.

In the Podilsky district, a fire broke out at a market, a gas pipe was damaged and debris fell on a non-residential building.

Fires also erupted in other districts due to falling debris.

Additionally, the missile attack disrupted the electricity and water supply in some areas.

The Kyiv mayor, Vitali Klitschko, has an update on a building where 117 residents were evacuated: at least 20 were injured.

He added that there was fire and heavy smoke in the building.

Fire and smoke rises after a Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Fire and smoke rises after a Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

Kira Rudik, a member of Ukrainian parliament, said her home was “partially in rubble” and she had sustained minor injuries.

My home is now partially in rubble. I have no windows on one side anymore. I have minor injuries but I am alive. The fires are everywhere. russia you will pay. pic.twitter.com/rLaITQowkV

— Kira Rudik (@kiraincongress) January 2, 2024

Poland said F-16 fighter jets and an allied air tanker were put into action today to protect Polish airspace amid Russia’s strikes on Ukraine, Reuters reported.

Forty-one people were injured in Kharkiv as a result of Russia’s attack this morning, according to Oleh Syniehubov, the regional governor.

One woman was killed, he said in the Telegram post.

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the chair of the Ukrainian parliament’s committee on European integration, cautioned on social media that “it’s probably the biggest attack” on Kyiv and Ukraine “as a whole since the start of full-scale invasion”.

“Urgent action in providing additional air defence capabilities needed. However, this war won’t be over till RU is defeated. Time to agree on this common goal – evil must be destroyed,” she added.

It’s probably the biggest attack on Kyiv & UA as a whole since the start of full-scale invasion. Urgent action in providing additional airdefense capabilities needed. However, this war won’t be over till RU is defeated. Time to agree on this common goal – Evil must be destroyed.

— Ivanna Klympush (@IKlympush) January 2, 2024

The Kyiv mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said in a Telegram post that 16 people had been injured in a building that caught fire after a Russian rocket attack. Fifteen of those injured had been hospitalised, he said.

Firefighters tackle a residential blaze after a Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Firefighters tackle a residential blaze after a Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

Lesia Vasylenko, a Ukrainian member of parliament, shared alerts received over the past days in the capital. “Out New Year in Kyiv was spent in air raids and bomb shelters,” she said.

The U.S. ambassador in Kyiv, Bridget A. Brink, has reacted to Russia’s attacks targeting Kyiv and other parts of the country.

Putin is ringing in 2024 by launching missiles at Kyiv and around the country as millions of Ukrainians again take shelter in freezing temps. Loud explosions in Kyiv this morning. It’s urgent and critical that we support Ukraine now – to stop Putin here.

Putin is ringing in 2024 by launching missiles at Kyiv and around the country as millions of Ukrainians again take shelter in freezing temps. Loud explosions in Kyiv this morning. It’s urgent and critical that we support Ukraine now – to stop Putin here.

— Ambassador Bridget A. Brink (@USAmbKyiv) January 2, 2024

The attacks on Kyiv early Tuesday came after the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said on Monday that Ukraine’s strikes on Belgorod “will not go unpunished.”

Local officials said the strike killed 25 people including five children. It followed Moscow’s large-scale attack on Ukrainian cities on Friday, which killed more than 40 people and injured 160.

“We’re going to intensify the strikes. No crime against civilians will rest unpunished, that’s for certain,” Putin said on Monday during a visit to a military hospital. Read more here.

More detail is emerging about the Russian missile attack on Kyiv – at least 10 people were wounded, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitali Klitschko, said on the Telegram messaging app.

Here are some recent images of the conflict:

A house damaged after Russian drone attack in Odesa, southern Ukraine.
A house damaged after a Russian drone attack in Odesa, southern Ukraine. Photograph: Ukrinform/Rex/Shutterstock
People look at the ruins of the museum of Roman Shukhevych, the military leader of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), after a Russian drone attack on the outskirts of Lviv, Ukraine.
People look at the ruins of the museum of Roman Shukhevych, the military leader of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), after a Russian drone attack on the outskirts of Lviv, Ukraine. Photograph: Ukrinform/Rex/Shutterstock
A building in Odesa, Ukraine, seen after a night of shelling.
A building in Odesa, Ukraine, seen after a night of shelling. Photograph: Ukrinform/Rex/Shutterstock
A girl in Odesa, Ukraine.
A girl in Odesa, Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters

Russia launched a total of 35 attack drones at Ukraine in the early hours of Monday, Ukraine’s air force said, with air defence systems destroying all of them.

Downed drone debris sparked a fire at a residential building in one of Kyiv’s districts following a drone attack the capital, Ukrainian officials said.

The Kyiv mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said on the Telegram messaging app that the loud explosions heard in the city were the work of air defence systems engaged in repelling the attack. Falling drone debris caused a fire in Desnianskyi, he said. The district, on the east bank of the Dnipro River, is Kyiv’s most populous.

Serhiy Popko, the head of Kyiv’s military administration, said emergency services were also dispatched to Holosiivskyi district along the west bank of the Dnipro. There were no immediate reports of casualties, Popko said on Telegram.

Loud explosions in Kyiv

Ukraine’s air force said multiple missiles were flying towards the capital Kyiv early on Tuesday, shortly after nationwide air alerts were raised due to a threat from Russian bombers.

A series of more than 10 loud explosions were heard by Agence France-Presse journalists in Kyiv on Tuesday morning, shaking buildings in the centre.

The city’s military administration said fragments of downed rockets had fallen in several districts including on residential buildings. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said power had gone out in several areas of the capital.

“Kyiv – stay in shelters. Many missiles heading in your direction,” the air force said on Telegram.

The air force said Russians were launching Kinzhal missiles and more were heading towards the capital. Strikes have hit the north-eastern city of Kharkiv, said the head of the military administration, Oleg Sinegubov.

Summary

Hello, this is the starting point for the Guardian’s daily live coverage of the Russian war against Ukraine.

Russia has launched a missile attack on Kyiv hours after a drone attack, the capital’s military administration has said. The assault comes after Russian president Vladimir Putin vowed to intensify strikes on Ukraine after an unprecedented and deadly attack by Ukraine on the Russian city of Belgorod over the weekend.

Russia launched a total of 35 attack drones at Ukraine in the early hours of Monday, Ukraine’s air force said, with air defence systems destroying all the drones.

Downed drone debris sparked a fire at a residential building in Desnianskyi, one of Kyiv’s most populous districts, Ukrainian officials said.

More on that soon. Here is a summary of the most recent developments:

  • The death toll following Ukrainian strikes on Belgorod has risen to 25, according to the region’s governor. Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Monday a four-year-old girl died from injuries sustained in the attack. The attack on Saturday came after Moscow launched a large-scale attack on Ukrainian cities on Friday.

  • Ukraine claims Russia has launched a ‘record number’ of attack drones on New Year’s Day. Ukraine’s air force said 87 out of 90 drones had successfully been shot down.

  • Russian drones attacked a university and a museum linked to two of the most prominent 20th century defenders of Ukrainian national identity on Monday, leaving locals vowing to repair the damage. The first smashed windows and much of the roof at the National Agrarian University, outside the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, where Stepan Bandera – a hero in Ukraine but a villain according to the Kremlin – studied. The second ravaged a nearby museum devoted to Roman Shukhevych.

  • Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy told the Economist that the notion that Russia was winning the nearly two-year-old war was only a “feeling” and that Moscow was still suffering heavy battlefield losses. Zelenskiy, in an interview published on Monday, provided no substantiation of his allegation on Russian losses. He said Ukraine’s priorities in 2024 included hitting Russia’s strengths in Crimea to reduce the number of attacks on his country as well as protecting key cities on the eastern front.

  • In the interview, Zelenskiy rejected any suggestion that Moscow was interested in peace talks, pointing to Moscow’s repeated waves of aerial strikes. “I see only the steps of a terrorist country,” he said.





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