Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine


Civilians take shelter inside a metro station during air raid alert in the centre of Kyiv, Ukraine, on December 16. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukrainian Air Force Spokesman Yurii Inhat has said that as of 10:50am (3:50aET) “60 missiles” had been launched towards Ukraine. 

Inhat also gave a detailed description of the weaponry used in the attacks. 

He said missiles were launched from Tu-95 aircraft and the missiles were of the Kh-555 and Kh-101 variety. 

The spokesman added that “Kalibr” missies were launched from the Black Sea, and that S300s and Tu22M3 bombers launched X-22 missiles. 

Mig31K aircraft were spotted in the skies, Inhat said.  

He also noted that “for the first time, the occupiers used Tu95 strategic bombers from the area where those aircraft are located, from the Engels area. In addition, there were launches from the north of the Caspian Sea.”

Engels is an airbase in Russia that Moscow says came under attack from Ukrainian launched drones on December 5.

Missile attacks have been reported across Ukraine on Friday, including in Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia

In Kyiv, Mayor Vitaly Klitschko reported explosions in the capital’s Desniansky district.

CNN teams in Kyiv earlier reported hearing explosions, as well as seeing and hearing missiles. They also heard the air defense systems working in the Ukrainian capital. 

In northeastern Kharkiv, Oleh Syniehubv, head of the regional military administration, said “critical infrastructure facilities” were hit in Chuhuiv district.

In the central city of Kryvyi Rih, the head of the city military administration, Olkesandr Vilkul, reported that “there are rocket hits.”

In Zaporizhzhia, a “dozen and a half” Russian missile strikes have been reported, the regional military head, Oleksandr Starch, said on Telegram Friday. 

Starch said: “The consequences of the enemy attack are being clarified. All relevant services are working. We ask citizens to prepare for possible temporary restrictions while restoring the damaged infrastructure.”

Since October, Russia has waged a series of strikes against Ukraine that have damaged the energy system and civilian infrastructure, causing power outages in the freezing winter.


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