Russia launches record number of drones across Ukraine as airstrikes continue in Moscow and Kiev


KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian Air Force said Monday that Russia launched a record 90 Martyr-type drones over Ukraine during the early hours of the New Year, while Russia also reported Ukrainian strikes.

A 15-year-old boy was killed and seven people were injured when debris from one of the 87 downed drones fell on a residential building in the city of Odessa, the head of the region’s military administration, Oleh Kiper, said. The debris also caused several small fires, including in the city’s port.

In the western city of Lviv, Russian strikes severely damaged a museum dedicated to Roman Shukhevych, a controversial Ukrainian nationalist and military commander who fought for Ukrainian independence during World War II. University buildings in the city of Dubliany were also damaged, although no injuries were reported.

Writing on social media, Lviv Mayor Andrey Sadovy described the strike as “symbolic and cynical”, adding, “This is a war for our history.”

Meanwhile, four people were killed and 13 others were injured after Ukrainian shelling on Russian-held areas of Donetsk, according to the region’s Russian-established leader Denis Pushilin. Russian state media reported that a journalist was among the victims, but provided no further details.

One person was also killed and another wounded in the shelling on the Russian border town of Shebekino, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.

The airstrikes follow a series of heavy aerial bombardments that began on Friday, when Russia attacked The attack lasted for 18 hours An Air Force officer called it the biggest air attack war,

At least 49 people were killed in the bombing, rescue workers in Kiev said Monday as they recovered at least eight more bodies from beneath the debris.

Ukraine was accused of shelling Twenty-one people, including three children, were killed Saturday in the center of the Russian border city of Belgorod, local officials said.


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