New mass Russian attack possible on Eastern Orthodox Christmas holiday, air force warns

2 January, 09:39 PM
Russian missile attack on Kyiv in the afternoon of December 31 (Photo:Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

Russian missile attack on Kyiv in the afternoon of December 31 (Photo:Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

Ukraine’s Air Force says the Russian military might be preparing another massive attack on Ukraine on the eve of Eastern Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7, Air Force Command spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said on Ukrainian national television on Jan 2.

Ihnat stressed that only the Kremlin leadership knows the aggressor's plans for sure, but the Armed Forces are preparing.

"No one will provide such information except the Russian leadership,” Ihnat said.

“We will be preparing. You see that there have been attacks for three days in a row. We do not know how they planned it, but people are ready. We just need to prepare for it and keep our powder dry, as they say – the missiles loaded and people ready.”

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The Russian military launched a mass attack on Ukraine with missiles and drones on Dec. 31, on New Year's Eve, and on the night of Jan. 2.

On Jan. 2, Russia attacked Kyiv city, Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Mykolaiv oblasts with Iranian Shahed flying bomb drones.

As a result of the attacks, energy infrastructure facilities were damaged in the capital. Emergency power cuts began to be introduced in the city.

Twenty-two enemy drones were shot down over Kyiv. In total, Ukrainian air defense forces destroyed 39 Shahed kamikaze drones, two Orlan-10 UAVs, and one Kh-59 guided missile, the Ukrainian Air Force later reported.

A critical infrastructure facility was also damaged in Kyiv Oblast, media reported.

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