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122 missiles and 36 drones. The consequences of the most massive attack on Ukraine through the lens of documentary photographers

On December 29, Russia fired 36 attack drones and 122 ballistic and cruise missiles at different regions of Ukraine. As a result, there are injuries and deaths in Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Odesa, and Zaporizhzhia. According to the President's Office, as of 4 p.m., 26 Ukrainians were killed and at least 120 were injured of varying degrees of severity.

The alert was announced three times, lasting almost 5 hours in total. "Kyiv residents traditionally hid from enemy attacks in the subway, where they usually come with their chairs," - says photojournalist Vyacheslav Ratynsky.

Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi

The debris of the downed missiles fell in different parts of the city, causing several fires. The Lukyanivska metro station was damaged by the blast wave.

Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi. Kyiv.

"Utilities were working at the site. The station lobby was damaged. There were a lot of people there, and you could still feel the anxiety in the air," - says Viacheslav.

In another part of the city, warehouses were on fire.

Photo by Kostyantyn Liberov. Kyiv.


Photo by Danylo Pavlov. Kyiv.

In the evening, the death toll in the capital rose to eight.

Photo by Pavlo Petrov. Kyiv.

The fragments of a downed enemy missile destroyed several private houses in Boyarka, Kyiv region.

"The missile broke into several pieces when it fell. At 8 a.m., one of the fragments pierced the roof of 60-year-old Anatoliy's house. Another piece fell on a neighboring house. A fire broke out there," - says Vyacheslav Ratynsky.

Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi. Boyarka, Kyiv region

It was a turbulent night in Kharkiv, where more than 20 explosions were heard.

They woke up photographer Yakov Lyashenko at about 5 a.m.

Photo by Yakiv Lyashenko. Kharkiv.

"Outside the window, I could hear the "arrivals" clearly. At first I went for cover, and then ran to record the consequences of the enemy attack," says the photographer. However, while extinguishing the fire, the shelling started again. "Together with the State Emergency Service, we had to take cover because it came not far from our location," - Yakiv notes.

The Russian military shelled the town with S-300 and X-22 missiles. Three people were killed, two were pulled out of the rubble. Another 13 were injured. 

Photo by Kateryna Klochko. Zaporizhzhia.

The death toll from a rocket attack in Zaporizhzhia has risen to eight, and thirteen people have been injured. The first explosions in the city occurred at 7:30 am. The enemy hit infrastructure facilities and the private residential sector.

"After the alarm was raised, I immediately went with journalists to the place where the rocket completely destroyed two private houses. So far, two women have been reported dead, and another man was being searched for under the rubble. Rescuers, utilities and forensic experts were working at the site. The relatives of the victims were also nearby, including the daughter of the man who was being searched for under the rubble. She lost her grandmother in the missile attack. The girl called her father, but the phone was disconnected," - says photojournalist Kateryna Klochko.

Photo by Kateryna Klochko. Zaporizhzhia.

According to police, a rocket attack on the private sector killed four people, and another four were hit by a rocket that hit an industrial infrastructure facility.

Photo by Yuriy Dyachyshyn. Lviv.

Russian troops attacked the city of Lviv at night and in the morning, first with Shaheds and then with rockets. One person was killed and 30 others were injured. The shockwave smashed windows in neighboring houses, and two schools had no windows or desks left standing.

Photo by Mykola Synelnikov. Dnipro.

In Dnipro, Russian troops shelled a shopping center and a maternity hospital. Fortunately, the mothers and babies were not injured because they were in a shelter.

Photo by Mykola Synelnikov. Dnipro.

As a result of an enemy missile attack, six residents of Dnipro were killed and 30 were wounded, including a one-and-a-half-year-old child.

Photo by Ihor Ishchuk. Odesa.

In Odesa, the bodies of the dead are still being removed from the rubble.

"On December 29, Odesa woke up to the sounds of air defense and, unfortunately, "arrivals". According to the Odesa Regional Military Administration, the attack damaged 21 residential buildings and a school. Fortunately, no children were injured. As of 15:00, 4 dead and 26 wounded have been confirmed, including 5 children and a pregnant woman", - said photographer Ihor Ishchuk.

In the afternoon, Russian troops repeated shelling in the Cherkasy region. In the town of Smila, a rocket hit the residential sector. According to preliminary data, eight people were injured and 51 houses were damaged.

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhny noted that the enemy attacked industrial, military and critical infrastructure facilities. According to him, the enemy first attacked with Shahed-136/131 UAVs from the north and southeast, then moved westward.

Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk, Commander of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, called today's attack "the largest air attack".

"On December 29, 114 out of 158 air targets were destroyed. I thank everyone for their combat work! Many lives were saved! But there are also losses. My condolences to the families of the deceased and the wounded!", - said Mykola Oleshchuk.

Defense Minister Rustem Umerov said that the occupiers had been accumulating missiles for many months to strike at Ukraine. Massive attacks are possible in the future. 


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