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Kyiv, Kharkiv and Pavlohrad: Consequences of Russian missile attack on Ukraine

Kyiv, Kharkiv and Pavlohrad: Consequences of Russian missile attack on Ukraine Russia massively attacked Ukraine with missiles on January 23 (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Maria Kholina

Today, on the morning of January 23, Russia launched a massive missile attack on Ukraine using strategic aviation. The cities of Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Pavlohrad were hit, resulting in casualties and fatalities, with fires and destruction reported in the affected areas.

RBC-Ukraine has compiled the latest information on the morning's coordinated attack.

Current key points:

  • Anti-aircraft defense systems were operational in Kyiv. There are fires and damage reported, including in the Sviatoshynskyi, Pecherskyi, Solomianskyi, and Darnytskyi districts. Among injured is a child. There are reports of fatalities as well.
  • Kyiv authorities state that besides Kh-101 and Kh-555 missiles targeting Kyiv, ballistic missiles, including Iskanders, may have been used.
  • In Kharkiv, a multi-story residential building's entrance was completely destroyed. Rescue efforts are underway, and the city is facing partial power and water outages. Suburbs also experienced four hits, resulting in injuries, including children and a woman, with one missile hitting a gas pipeline. Dozens are reported injured, with some confirmed dead.
  • A health camp in Balakliya, Kharkiv region, housing the S-300 missile system, was also targeted.
  • Injuries and two fatalities were reported in Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk region.
  • Poland responded by deploying military aviation in response to the missile strike on Ukraine.

Number of missiles launched by Russia

Head of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi has reported that this time the adversary carried out a combined missile attack on Ukraine, deploying guided cruise, ballistic, aviation, and anti-aircraft missiles.

A total of 41 enemy air attack assets have been recorded. The majority of missiles followed a ballistic trajectory:

  • 4 anti-aircraft guided missiles S-300/S-400 from the Belgorod region towards the Kharkiv region.
  • 15 cruise missiles Kh-101/Kh-555/Kh-55 from six Tu-95MS strategic bombers (launch area - Engels, Russia).
  • 8 Kh-22 missiles from Tu-22M3 bombers from the Bryansk and Oryol regions towards the Kharkiv and Sumy regions.
  • 12 ballistic Iskander-M missiles (launch area - Belgorod and Voronezh regions).
  • 2 guided aviation missiles Kh-59 from two Su-34 aircraft (launch area - Belgorod region, Russia).

As a result of the combat operations carried out by the Ukrainian Air Force, in coordination with the Air Defense Forces, the following were destroyed:

  • 15 cruise missiles Kh-101/Kh-555/Kh-55.
  • 5 ballistic missiles Iskander-M.
  • 1 guided aviation missile Kh-59.

"It is important to note that not all enemy missiles attacking on a ballistic trajectory reached their targets," Zaluzhnyi adds.


Photo: The aftermath of a missile attack in one of the capital's districts (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Information on the aftermath by districts:

  • Sviatoshynskyi district witnessed car fires, damage to an apartment in a multi-story residential building, and damage to non-residential structures.
  • Pecherskyi district reported damage to a non-residential building.
  • Solomianskyi district reported damage to a residential building.
  • Darnytskyi district reported debris falling on the roof of a multi-story residential building and a kindergarten area, without significant destruction or fires.

As of the latest information, there are 18 reported injuries in the capital, with 13 hospitalized, including three children. Medical assistance was provided on-site to a 13-year-old boy and four other injured adults. One woman was transported to intensive care and continues to receive intensive care.

According to the first deputy head of Kyiv City Military Administration, Mykola Povoroznyk, approximately 20 Russian missiles were aimed at Kyiv, and all were successfully intercepted.

Evacuation is ongoing from several five-story buildings due to unexploded missile fragments. Part of the missile is in the courtyard, and another part is inside an apartment.

Photo: Consequences due to falling debris in Kyiv (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine).

Updated (10:35 AM). The number of casualties in Kyiv has now reached 20.

As a result of the Russian missile attack, the capital has witnessed 20 casualties as of now. Among them, 13 have been hospitalized, including three children.

Medical assistance was provided on-site to a 13-year-old boy and six adults. One woman was resuscitated and is now in critical condition in the intensive care unit.


In a series of attacks on Kharkiv, the Russians targeted the Kyivskyi and Saltivskyi districts, presumably using Kh-22 missiles.

As a result of the strikes, at least two people have been confirmed dead, and 38 others have been wounded, including two children aged 10 and 12.

A multi-story residential building has been destroyed in the city, along with damage to an educational institution and other civilian infrastructure.

Photo: People are being searched for under the rubble of a destroyed apartment building in Kharkiv ( and

According to the National Police, there were two strikes in the city. The first, around 4:00 AM, involved three missiles hitting civilian objects in Kharkiv and two targeting a civilian facility in Balakliya.

Subsequently, between 7:15 AM and 7:20 AM, there were repeated strikes on the same locations in Kharkiv, where emergency services and police were operating at the time. Civilian casualties, injuries to police officers involved in rescue operations, and fatalities have been reported.

The suburbs of Kharkiv were also hit four times.

Residential buildings were damaged in the private sector, with reports of injured children and a woman. In another area, the Russians demolished a sanatorium for sick children.

One of the missiles hit a gas pipeline. All emergency services are on site. Additionally, the enemy targeted a health camp in Balakliya, reportedly using two S-300 missiles.

Updated (10:21 AM). The number of wounded in Kharkiv has increased to 42 people.

Among them are four children in moderate condition.


The city of Pavlograd in the Dnipropetrovsk region has also come under enemy fire. As a result of the Russian attack, a 43-year-old woman lost her life in one of the city's squares.

Private sector was damaged due to falling debris. Infrastructure, two schools, and eight multi-story buildings have also been affected.

Air defense forces successfully intercepted an enemy missile in the Pavlograd district. Debris caused damage to private houses and solar panels.

Photo: Aftermath of the enemy attack on Pavlohrad (

Other affected areas

Kyiv region

Rescue teams are operating in the Bucha district. Two multi-story buildings, a private house, utility structures, and vehicles have been damaged. Three people have been reported injured.


In the Sumy region, at 7:05 AM, a missile strike was carried out by the aggressor on critical infrastructure objects in the city of Shostka.

All necessary services are working on-site.

Information about casualties and destruction is being updated.

Russian night attack

Russian occupation forces deployed several groups of Shahed kamikaze drones over Ukraine overnight.

Following this, the enemy struck Kharkiv, targeting civilian infrastructure and causing damage to a private residence.

Russian mass attacks on Ukraine

Russia has frequently resorted to mass attacks on Ukraine using various types of missiles and Shahed drones recently. On December 29, the occupiers launched 158 missiles and drones, followed by 99 missiles of different types on January 2. Subsequently, on January 8 and 13, 59 and 40 aerial attacks were reported. According to the spokesperson for the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Yurii Ihnat, the intensity of Russian attacks has decreased recently.

However, Russians are replenishing their arsenal, acquiring missiles from North Korea. According to the White House, the Russian army has launched at least two missile strikes on Ukraine using missiles supplied by North Korea.