An elderly man was killed and eight people were injured in the Solomyanskyy district of Kyiv in another massive Russian missile attack on Ukraine, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said on his Telegram channel on Dec. 31.
“One person is in an extremely serious condition,” Klitschko said.
A Japanese journalist was injured in the Pecherskyy district when a missile struck a hotel close to the capital’s main concert hall, Palats Ukraina, near the center of the Ukrainian capital, according to media reports.
Russia launched its latest large-scale missile attack on Ukraine just after noon on Dec. 31, apparently from missile cruisers in the Caspian Sea. Within a couple of hours, explosions started to be heard in Kyiv and the surrounding oblast, and in Zaporizhzhya, Khmelnytskyi and Mykolaiv oblasts.
According to the President’s Office, in Kyiv there were two explosions in the city’s Solomyanskyy district, south and west of Kyiv’s main railway station. Missile debris fell into a private house. An elderly man was reported to have been killed.
An NV correspondent reported that residential buildings and a medical facility near Palats Ukraina were also damaged when a missile appears to have struck the Alfavito Hotel, which is located just to the rear of the Palats Ukraina concert hall.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Deputy Head of the Office of the President, published a photo of the consequences of Russian missile attack. He said this was “the Russians idea of holidays” — pictures of destroyed residential buildings in Ukraine and news about a person who died after being hit by fragments from a missile in the Solomyanskyy district of Kyiv.
“A smashed hotel in the heart of the capital is their joy at the festive table,” Tymoshenko wrote.
“Usually parents are there (at Palats Ukrainia) with their children on New Year’s Eve,” he added.
“Miraculously there were no children there today. This is nothing but terrorism.”