Russian air and sea missiles blackout Lviv and part of Kyiv

KYIV ($1=36.93 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Russia launched a new missile attack on Ukraine today, December 29. Air and sea-based cruise missiles were fired, sources said. Critical infrastructure and homes were hit, Ukrainian sources say.

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According to the information spread by Ukraine, Russia launched 69 cruise missiles. Ukraine says air defenses shot down 54 of them, with 16 being shot down over Kyiv. In addition to cruise missiles, kamikaze drones were also used, the sources said. There are wounded, but no dead Ukrainian citizens.

According to the latest information, 90% of the city of Lviv is in the dark – there is no electricity. The information was announced by the mayor of the city. Britain’s BBC says Kyiv is also suffering from the rocket strikes, with 40% of the city in darkness.

Same model

In recent weeks, Russia has been practicing the same pattern. The Russian Air Force and Navy are firing cruise missiles and loitering munitions at critical energy infrastructure of Ukrainian cities. Apparently, Russia is trying to make Ukrainians’ winter worse by leaving them in the dark and cold.

This is not the first time Russia has used such tactics. Years ago, at the beginning of the civil war in Syria, Moscow took the same tactic, breaking the will of the local population.

Some claims crack in the face of reality

The fact is that Ukraine receives air defense systems from allies. But they are not enough, as some analysts try to make out. The resulting air defense systems NASAMS and IRIS-T are mainly located around Kyiv. If such attacks continue, Ukraine may be forced to bring these systems forward to protect other larger cities. Also, Ukraine is experiencing a shortage of missiles.

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Russia on the other hand has missiles. Despite claims in recent months, Moscow continues to replenish its missile inventory. There is evidence that the missiles fired in recent weeks were produced this year, even in September and October. This of course means that Russia is depleting its inventory of cruise missiles built in recent decades. However, it also means that the Russian weapons complex continues to operate at full speed.

Russia shows they are good at attacking cities and this bombing campaign was one of its strengths throughout the war. Missile strikes are regular, coordinated, concentrated, and mostly accurate. The last attack lasted about five hours, so this is proof that Russia is capable of massive attacks and no city is safe.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

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Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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