The massive missile attacks on Ukraine on the night of Jan. 1 in Ukraine indicate another change in the character of the war, Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the OP, wrote on Twitter on Jan. 1.
“Russia no longer has any military goals. It tries to kill as many civilians as possible and destroy as many civilian objects as possible. War for the sake of murder,” he wrote on Twitter.
Russia launched another large-scale missile attack on Ukraine on Dec. 31. During the attack, Ukrainian air defense forces shot down 12 of over 20 Russian cruise missiles. Besides Kyiv, the Russians struck Khmelnytskyy Oblast (part of the city was cut off from power, seven injured), Zaporizhzhya (four injured, including a pregnant woman and a child) and Mykolaiv (six injured).
The intelligence reported earlier that the Russian Federation had enough cruise missiles left for two or three powerful strikes on Ukraine.
Russia has been carrying out a campaign to destroy Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure since Oct. 10, with the aim of denying Ukrainians heat, power and water supplies during winter.
The Kremlin hopes that the attacks will encourage the Ukrainian population to put pressure on the Ukrainian government to seek a ceasefire.
Russia desperately needs a ceasefire in order to rebuild its military, which had been shattered over 10 months of war in Ukraine.
Earlier, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin said the Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine were revenge for Ukraine’s attack on the Crimea Bridge – an important logistical route that Russia uses to supply its military in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea and neighboring southern parts of mainland Ukraine.