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A firefighter tries to put out the flames that engulf a warehouse after an attack by the Russia in kyiv, Ukraine.

Agence France-Presse

Russia launched a large series of strikes on several cities in Ukraine, including the capital Kiev, on Friday morning, with “a record number missiles” which, according to the Ukrainian authorities, left at least 16 dead and 97 injured.

NATO member Poland said Friday that an unidentified flying object had entered its airspace from Ukraine, an incident that could be linked to the strikes.

Today, Russia used almost all types of weapons in its arsenal, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on the social network X (ex-Twitter) ;Ukraine of which 114 were destroyed.

This is the most massive missile attack in general, air force spokesperson Yuri told AFP Ignat, adding that this count excluded the first days of the war which saw constant and uninterrupted strikes.

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The strikes targeted civilian installations, civilian buildings, denounced Andriy Yermak, Mr. Zelensky's chief of staff.

We are doing everything possible to strengthen our air shield. But the world must see that we need more help and means to stop this terror, he added on the social network Telegram.

On Wednesday, Washington released the last tranche of military aid granted to Kiev until further notice by the US Congress.

These strikes illustrate the horrible reality experienced by Ukrainians, reacted on X the UN humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, condemning a wave of hateful attacks. They come after Russia confirmed on Tuesday that one of its vessels, the large landing ship Novocherkassk, had been damaged in an attack on Kiev in annexed Crimea.

In Kiev, where anti-aircraft defense is actively operating, according to its mayor Vitali Klitschko, AFP journalists heard several loud explosions in the early hours.

In the Podil district in the north of kyiv, a 3,000 m2 hangar was on fire. There was a strong smell of burning plastic on site as firefighters wearing oxygen masks fought the flames. #x27;interior, according to the head of the military administration of the capital, Sergiï Popko.

A metro station used as an air raid shelter was damaged, as were several apartment buildings and other hangars.

According to the authorities, two people were killed in the capital. Elsewhere, at least five others were in the Dnipropetrovsk region (central-east), two in Odessa (south), one in Lviv (west), one in Zaporizhia (south) and one in Kharkiv (north). Is).

The Health Ministry said a maternity hospital in Dnipro was seriously damaged, but patients and staff were able to shelter in time. A shopping center was also hit and caught fire in the city.

Russia is suffering huge losses in men and equipment in its war in Ukraine and its army will emerge weakened from the conflict, General Christian Freuding, who oversees support for Kiev within the Bundeswehr, said in an interview published Friday.

You know that, according to figures from Western intelligence services, 300,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or so seriously injured that they can no longer be mobilized in context of the war, he declared to the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.

He thus confirms an assessment of American intelligence services which leaked on December 12, and according to which 315,000 Russian soldiers have been injured or killed since the start of the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

At the same time, the general recognized that Russia demonstrated a capacity for resistance greater than what Western countries assessed at the start of the war. Perhaps we didn't see, or we didn't want to see, that they are able to continue to get supplies from allies.

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