New Year’s Eve missiles, anti-drone drones, and a bad year for Kolomoisky

30 December 2022, 03:28 PM

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Friday, December 30th, 2022.

A note from the editor:

As we reach the end of 2022, it’s hard not to recognize the legitimacy of Bolshevik dictator Lenin’s famous quote: “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” At the very least – to many Ukrainians, including myself, these ten months of war have indeed felt like a decade. Our pre-war lives seem like a distant, barely real memory, and the end of it, the restoration of peace, is both close and somehow always on the horizon. Yet despite the heartbreak, the tragedy, atrocity, suffering, and unmitigated pain, we persevere.

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This perseverance was not wholly down to us – Ukrainians are not superheroes or idols, to be placed on a pedestal. We’re humans, and we’ve survived – and won – due to the support of right-minded people around the world. This is especially true for us here at the New Voice: without the support and attention of readers like you, this ambitious project would have barely made it out of the starting gate. Before the start of the new year, I and the New Voice of Ukraine team would like to thank all of you for own contribution to Ukraine’s victory: by reading and opening this newsletter, you all have, at the least, kept Ukraine in your hearts and minds.

It’s impossible to say what the future holds during peacetime, and doubly so during war. But please – keep reading, thinking, and talking about Ukraine. We aren’t going anywhere. And here at NV, we’ll continue to bring you the latest headlines from the country, in our own words.

The Ukraine Today newsletter will return on Jan. 2, 2023.

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69 missiles were fired at Ukraine in total, with 54 of those intercepted by Ukrainian air defenses. All sixteen missiles launched against Kyiv were shot down, though the debris damaged a number of houses and other structures, causing minor injuries. Lviv was less lucky – the strike knocked out 90% of power in the city.

According to Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine has enough reconnaissance drones at the moment, around 1,400, and strike drones are next. “These are both exploding drones and drones that fly up to three to 10 kilometers and hit targets,” he said.

Ukraine has lacked an ambassador in China since 2021, when Serhiy Kamyshev died of a heart attack. While the identity of his replacement is not yet known, sources have told NV that the new ambassador will be “ incumbent minister whose ministry is to be reformatted after the New Year (holidays).”

Prior to the liberation of Kherson, Ukrainians were considering a far broader counteroffensive across the entire southern front, including a drive to the coast in Zaporizhzhya Oblast that would sever Moscow’s coveted “land bridge”, connecting mainland Russia with occupied Crimea. However, Western advice was to narrow the scope of the offensive to only Kherson, for fear of overstretching Ukrainian lines.

NV looks back at how the year has gone for one of Ukraine’s most infamous oligarchs, and whether it’s more likely that he’ll be tried in Ukraine or the U.S., once the investigations against him resolve. editor Yuriy Butusov explains why Bakhmut is so important to the Wagner mercenary company, and the current tug-of-war between Russia’s Ministry of Defense and its mercenary warlords.

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