Putin ‘Celebrates’ New Year by Killing People in Rocket Strikes: Ukraine

As Ukraine heads towards 2023 and still fights for its freedom, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a new round of “mass rocket attacks” on Saturday, targeting residential areas rather than infrastructure, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.

“This time, Russia’s massive missile attack is deliberately targeting residential areas, not even our energy infrastructure. War criminal Putin “celebrates” the New Year by killing people,” Kuleba tweeted Saturday morning. “Russia must be kicked out of its seat on the UN Security Council, which it has always illegally occupied.”

A resident of Kyiv told news week that she feared for her life when she heard the air sirens wail across the city.

“It was very noisy and scary,” said Daryna Antoniuk. “The explosions started before I reached the bomb shelter. I started running. Then it turned out that the rockets landed very close to my house.”

On Thursday, Russia’s defense ministry said it would “never” run out of missiles after launching multiple strikes across the eastern European nation.

The Moscow time reported that the ministry’s comments came in response to claims by Western intelligence agencies that Putin was struggling in his war against Ukraine.

Putin’s forces have fought for notable victories in Ukraine throughout the year. In the fall, Ukraine launched its own counteroffensive, retaking thousands of square miles of formerly occupied territory. Experts see the war as exposing weaknesses in the Russian leader’s military, such as an apparent struggle to maintain well-trained, motivated troops.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, Lviv and Odessa, were all badly hit by Russian missiles on Thursday as Putin’s army struck infrastructure that was crippling those cities’ power grids. Russia has repeatedly targeted Ukraine’s power grid, causing widespread power outages during the winter.

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Emergency responders gather at the site of a rocket attack on New Year’s Eve in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday. Inset, Russian President Vladimir Putin. As Ukraine heads towards 2023 and still fights for its freedom, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a new round of “mass rocket attacks” targeting residential areas rather than infrastructure, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Saturday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).

Rajan Menon, director of the Grand Strategy program at Defense Priorities, said news week on Saturday: “As with attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure, Russian attacks on its residential areas, which Moscow will no doubt claim were indeed military targets, are intended to erode public morale and further strain Ukraine’s economy if a long winter begins.”

Menon continued: “The attacks will certainly exacerbate Ukraine’s economic difficulties, but they will boost Ukrainians’ morale and determination to prevail. This became clear to me during my last wartime visit to Ukraine earlier this month.”

Ukrainian government official Sergiy Kyslytsya also tweeted about the rocket attacks on Saturday, saying: “On the last day of 2022, Moscow launched another rocket attack on Ukraine, killing a civilian and wounding a Japanese journalist. There is no purgatory for war criminals, they go straight to hell,” I said on the day the invasion began, I remember it now.”

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Rick Schindler

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