During the latest massive missile attack on Ukraine on December 29, the Russian occupation army fired 69 missiles at Ukraine, as was estimated. According to Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ukrainian defenders shot down 54 of them.
"This morning, the aggressor launched air- and sea-based cruise missiles, as well as anti-aircraft guided missiles for the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, at energy infrastructure facilities of our country. According to preliminary data, 69 missiles were launched in total. 54 enemy cruise missiles were shot down by the assets of the Defense Forces of Ukraine," he reported.
The Air Forces confirmed shooting down 54 Kh-101, Kh-555, and Kalibr missiles, adding that 11 Shahed-131/136 UAVs were also neutralized during the morning attack.
The missiles that the Defense Force failed to shoot down struck a number of power generation facilities and damaged the power grid. Restoration work is underway.
According to the Ministry of Energy, the situation in the Kyiv and Odesa regions is the worst. In Kyiv, 40% of the population remains without electricity, with almost 180,000 more in the region. In the Lviv region, more than 470,000 people were without power at 11:40 a.m.
Context. Since October, Ukraine’s energy system has survived 10 missile attacks and 12 drone attacks launched by the invaders. As a result, power generation facilities and transmission systems suffered large-scale and complex damage. The repair requires significant resources and time.