Ukraine: Tragic Events Unfold as Missile Strikes Ravage Ukrainian Cities
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In a harrowing turn of events on January 2, 2024, Russia launched a barrage of missiles on the Ukrainian capital and various cities, resulting in one fatality and dozens of injuries. The strikes caused havoc, with downed rockets striking high-rise buildings, igniting fires, and leaving a trail of destruction.
Amid the chaos, more than a dozen loud explosions reverberated through Kyiv, causing buildings in the city center to shake. Simultaneously, in the eastern city of Kharkiv, at least four strikes led to one casualty and over 20 injuries, causing significant damage to multi-storey buildings and civilian infrastructure.
The Ukrainian air force reported that Russia deployed Kindzhal missiles, with additional projectiles targeting not only the capital but also the southern and western regions. These attacks followed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of intensified strikes on military targets, responding to an unprecedented Ukrainian attack on the Russian city of Belgorod over the weekend.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko described the grim scene of multiple explosions and debris from downed missiles hitting the capital. In the Solomiansky district, a missile attack resulted in a fire, injuring 10 people in a multi-storey block of flats. In the Pechersk district, debris damaged the roofs of a nine-storey building and another multi-storey structure, leading to fires in a supermarket and a warehouse.
The extent of the devastation expanded to the northern Podil district, where a civilian infrastructure facility was believed to have been hit. Some districts experienced power outages, temporary water pressure shortages, and damage to a gas pipe.
The recent attacks followed a wave of strikes initiated by Russia on December 29, which claimed 39 lives in Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv. New Year’s Eve saw Moscow launching another assault, with Kyiv successfully thwarting a “record” number of drones sent by Russia.
As the security situation allows, efforts will be made to restore essential services. The city’s military administration reassured the public that electricity would be reinstated once conditions permit.
This tragic series of events underscores the ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, with civilians caught in the crossfire and facing the harsh consequences of geopolitical conflicts.