Ukraine shot down 114 of 158 Russian drones and missiles

Damaged buildings in Odessa after massive air attack
Damaged buildings in Odessa after massive air attack
Residential building in Lviv
Shopping mall in Dnipro
Damaged building in Zaporozhia

Ukraine shot down 114 of the 158 drones and missiles fired by Russia on Dec. 29, the Air Force reported.  

Russia unleashed a barrage of drones and missiles overnight, targeting multiple regions across Ukraine. Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said that as of 10:20 a.m. local time, 12 people had been killed and 76 injured.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said earlier on Dec. 29 that Russia had launched around 110 missiles in the attack and most had been shot down.

According to the Air Force, Ukraine shot down 27 Russian Shahed attack drones and 87 cruise missiles launched by Russia.

In total, Russia launched 36 Shahed attack drones, as well as at least 90 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles, eight Kh-22/Kh-32 cruise missiles, and 14 S-300/S-400/Iskander ballistic missiles.

Russian jets launched five "Kinzhal" aeroballistic missiles, 4 anti-radar missiles, and one Kh-59 cruise missile.

Air Force spokesperson Yurii Ihnat said on air that an attack of this scale "has not been seen for a long time."

Among the targets were a maternity hospital, educational institutions, warehouses, a shopping center,  high-rise buildings, and private houses, Zelensky said.

"Russia was fighting with almost everything it has in its arsenal," Zelensky said. "My condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims and a speedy recovery to the injured."

Russian attack injures 15 in Lviv

The aftermath of the Russian mass missile attack on Lviv on Dec. 29. 

The number of injured in Russia's Dec. 29 nationwide attack has risen to 15 people Lviv, according to Lviv Oblast Governor Maksym Kozytskyi. One person was killed there, he reported earlier.

Local authorities have reported civilian casualties and heavy damage in cities across Ukraine after Russia unleashed its biggest attack in months.

In Lviv, the attack damaged 13 residential buildings and two schools, Kozytskyi said. The rescue operation is ongoing there.

Russia attacks Odesa, kills 2, injures 15

Emergency responders at a high-rise apartment building in Odesa following a mass Russian attack on Ukraine on Dec. 29, 2023. (Oleh Kiper / Telegram)

Russia's missile attack killed two civilians in Odesa and injured 15 others, including two young children, Odesa Oblast Governor Oleh Kiper reported on Dec. 29.

Local authorities have reported civilian casualties and heavy damage in cities across Ukraine after Russia unleashed its biggest attack in months.

"All of the victims are currently receiving help in the city's medical facilities," Kiper said. Two of the wounded are in serious condition.

Before the missile attack, Russia targeted the city with drones. Debris from a downed drone damaged a high-rise building, causing a fire to break out, Kiper said.

No civilian casualties were reported as a result of the drones, 10 of which were shot down over the region by air defense forces, Kiper said.

Five killed, over 20 injured in Russian strike on Dnipro

Damage to a building in Dnipro following a Russian strike on Dec. 29, 2023. (Serhii Lysak / Telegram)Listen to this article

Russia's morning attack on Dnipro killed five civilians and injured at least 20 others, Governor Serhii Lysak reported in an update on Dec. 29.

Dnipro was one of the Ukrainian cities targeted in a massive wave of attacks on the morning of Dec. 29. Russia launched 110 missiles at Ukraine, most of which were shot down, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

"The search and rescue operation is ongoing. There may be people under the rubble," Lysak reported.

Lysak said earlier in the morning that the attack killed four people and injured at least ten others.

A maternity hospital, a shopping center, and a six-story building were among the buildings hit in the attack.