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Explosions rock the Ukrainian city of Kyiv in the early hours of the new year

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Numerous explosions rocked the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, minutes after midnight on New Year’s Eve.

The attacks on Kyiv on Sunday followed the firing of at least 20 cruise missiles at targets across Ukraine in what local officials described as the “New Year’s Eve terror”.

The new attack set off air raid sirens across the country, and some people in Kyiv took to their balconies chanting “Glory to Ukraine!” Glory to the heroes.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said via Telegram that the first explosions of the new year began about 30 minutes after midnight, affecting two regions. He said there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The city’s military administration said 23 “air targets” launched by Russia had been destroyed and the air defense systems were operational.

Earlier in the evening, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainians would fight for victory in the war, which is now in its eleventh month.

We are fighting and we will continue to fight. As for the keynote address: “Victory,” he said in the poignant speech. “I want to say to all of you: Ukrainians, you are great! Look what we have done and what we are doing!

We are fighting as one team – the whole country, all our regions. I admire you all. I would like to thank all the indomitable regions of Ukraine.

The previous series of attacks on Kyiv damaged the Alphavito Hotel and an apartment building, killing at least one person and injuring at least 12 others. Klitschko said a Japanese journalist was among the wounded and was taken to hospital.

Director Jaroslav Mutenko, 23, who lives in an apartment complex near the Alphavito Hotel, said he was showering and getting ready for a New Year’s Eve party when he heard a bang. He said similar explosions occurred in the area during an earlier attack in October, but nothing quite beats the sound of Saturday’s blast.

As he watched rescue workers cordon off the street outside the hotel, he told AFP he was still planning to go to the party at a friend’s house.

“Our Russian enemies can destroy our calm, but they cannot destroy our spirit,” he said. “Why am I going to celebrate with friends? Because this year I realize that it is important for people to be close to you.”

Raids were reported in the southern city of Mykolaiv, where a local official said seven people were injured.

Gov. Vitaly Kim said via Telegram that Russia targeted civilians in the strikes, which Moscow has previously denied. “According to today’s trends, the occupiers are not content with only financial strikes [infrastructure] …in many cities [they are targeting] Only residential areas, hotels, garages and roads.

The attacks came at an unusually fast pace, alarming officials just 36 hours after Russia launched a barrage of missiles on Thursday to destroy energy infrastructure.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba noted the heavy civilian casualties in this latest attack – that “this time Russia’s massive missile attack deliberately targets residential areas, not even energy infrastructure”. He added, “The war criminal Putin celebrates the New Year by killing people,” calling for Russia to be stripped of its permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

Dmytro Lubinets, the Ukrainian Human Rights Ombudsman, called the attack “the horror of the new year”.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense responded with an objection letter.

“With each new missile attack on civilian infrastructure, more and more Ukrainians are convinced of the need to fight until the complete collapse of the Putin regime,” she said in her Telegram.

A curfew from 7pm to midnight local time remained in effect across Ukraine, making early 2023 celebrations impossible in public.

Several district governors posted messages on social media warning residents not to breach restrictions on New Year’s Eve.

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