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All missiles targeting Kyiv intercepted, debris damages buildings

All missiles targeting Kyiv intercepted, debris damages buildings All missiles failed to reach Kyiv (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Air defense forces shot down all Russian missiles flying toward Kyiv as they approached the capital. The enemy attacked with bombers for the first time since late September, according to the head of the Kyiv City Military Administration (KCMA), Serhii Popko.

After a long pause of 79 days, the enemy resumed strikes with cruise missiles from Tu-95MS strategic aircraft. Previously, about 10 bombers fired cruise missiles of the X-101/555/55 type from the area of Engels, Saratov region.

"The air raid in the capital lasted almost 2 hours. But not a single enemy target reached the city. All missiles flying in the direction of Kyiv were destroyed by air defense forces and means on their approach to the capital," he writes.

There is no information on casualties or damage.

The situation in the Kyiv region

According to Ruslan Kravchenko, the head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, the enemy attacked the region with rockets this morning,

"Air defense forces were actively working in the region. No hits to critical or residential infrastructure were recorded. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties," he writes.

According to him, as of 8:45 a.m., there is information about damage to private houses in several communities in the region as a result of the falling debris of downed enemy targets.

"Windows are smashed in the houses, walls are partially destroyed. Emergency services are already working. More detailed information on the damage will follow later," he adds.

Night strike on December 8

On the morning of December 8, a large-scale air alert was announced in Ukraine. The Air Force warned of the launch of cruise missiles from Tu-95MS strategic bombers. Explosions were heard in Kyiv and Kyiv region. Air defense systems were reported to be operating. The last time Russia launched missiles from bombers was on September 21.

The day before, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Andrii Yusov, did not rule out the resumption of missile attacks. "The hardest part of winter, including in terms of temperature, is still ahead," he says.

Earlier, Deputy Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine Vadym Skibitskyi said that massive attacks this year could resume after the beginning of winter when electricity consumption reaches its peak. "The Russians are waiting for the temperature to drop below zero," Skibitsky says.