Hit by new Russian missiles, Ukraine faces a bleak turn of the year

Kyiv – Ukrainians got off to a dismal start to 2023 on Sunday, with even more sirens and new rocket attacks on their territory, as the death toll from Russia’s massive New Year’s Eve raid across the country rose to at least three.

The night’s shelling, which devastated parts of the southern city of Kherson, killed one person, wounded another and blew out hundreds of windows at a children’s hospital, according to the president’s deputy chief of staff Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old woman injured in a rocket attack in eastern Khmelnytskyi later died of her wounds, the city’s mayor Oleksandr Symchyshyn said.

Multiple blasts rocked Kyiv and other areas of Ukraine Saturday and throughout the night, injuring dozens in a sign the pace of Russian attacks had picked up. Ukrainian officials claimed Russia is now deliberately targeting civilians to create a climate of fear and sap morale.

The blasts came just 36 hours after Russia fired a volley of rockets to damage energy infrastructure facilities on Thursday, an unusually accelerated rhythm that alarmed Ukrainian officials.

First Lady Olena Zelenska expressed outrage that such massive rocket attacks could take place just before New Year’s Eve celebrations.

“Ruining other people’s lives is a disgusting habit of our neighbors,” she said.

On Saturday in Kyiv, an AP photographer at the scene of the blasts saw the body of a woman while her husband and son stood nearby. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said two schools were also damaged, including a kindergarten.

However, some Ukrainians braved the danger to return to the country to meet up with their families over the holiday.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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