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Nearly 120 towns and villages were hit by Russian strikes, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Agence France-Presse

Ukraine continued to count its dead on Saturday the day after Russian strikes on several of its cities, including the capital Kiev, which killed 39 people and injured dozens of others, according to authorities.

The wave of attacks, one of the most violent since the start of the war almost two years ago, targeted buildings, a maternity ward, a shopping center as well as industrial and military infrastructure.

Currently, there are unfortunately 39 deaths across the country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Saturday. He also said that around 100 people were injured.

Nearly 120 towns and villages were affected, he said. said, before specifying that search operations continued.

In Kiev, at least 16 people were killed on Friday, according to x27;local administration.

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Odesa is one of the Ukrainian cities that were targeted by Russian strikes on Friday.

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Bodies continued to be removed from the rubble on Saturday in this city, where deadly attacks had become rarer in recent months. This attack was the largest in terms of civilian casualties, said Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko, who declared a day of mourning for January 1.

For air force spokesman Yuri Ignat, it was the most recent missile attack largest since the start of the conflict, excluding the first days of the war.

According to the General Staff, Moscow fired nearly 160 missiles, including cruise missiles and Shahed explosive drones.

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Smoke rises above a residential building after a Russian missile and drone strike, in Kiev, Ukraine, December 29, 2023.

For their part, Russian authorities accused the Ukrainian army of having left 10 dead and 45 injured with strikes on the town of Belgorod, which is located near the border with Ukraine .

Nine adults and one child were killed in Belgorod due to shelling by the Ukrainian army, the ministry said on Telegram. Images published by the authorities show cars on fire and buildings with broken windows.

In the Bryansk region, which also borders the Russian Federation. ;Ukraine, the villages of Kister and Borchevo were bombed, which caused the death of a child born in 2014, according to Governor Alexander Bogomaz.

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Attacks in Belgorod, Russia, left 10 dead and 45 injured, according to Russian authorities.

Ukraine regularly carries out strikes in Russia, particularly in the regions closest to its territory.

Poland, a NATO member country, denounced on Friday a violation of its airspace by a cruise missile, and called on Russia to stop immediately this type of operation.

In November 2022, a Ukrainian missile fell on the Polish village of Przewodow, near Ukraine, killing two civilians and briefly sparking fears of an extension of the conflict.

Russian strikes on Friday provoked strong international condemnations. UN Secretary-General António Guterres was quick to denounce the appalling attacks.

These attacks end a difficult year for Ukraine, marked by the failure of its summer counter-offensive and a revival of Moscow's forces, who this week claimed the capture of the town of Marinka on the front. est.

All the more worrying news for Kiev since Western aid is starting to run out of steam, in Europe as well as in the United States, which suggests a drying up of the flow of munitions and funds.

On Saturday, Volodymyr Zelensky launched a new appeal to his allies, arguing that arming Ukraine is a way to protect lives.

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According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Moscow fired nearly 160 devices, including cruise missiles and Shahed explosive drones, during Friday's attacks.

Every manifestation of Russian terror proves that we cannot wait to provide assistance to those who are fighting, – he pleaded.

His words echo those of his American counterpart Joe Biden, who had called on his country's elected officials to act without further wait to help Kiev.

Washington has just released a new tranche of $250 million, the last without a new vote in Congress, which refuses for the moment to allocate more aid.

For his part, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has put his veto a new EU aid package, an issue Europeans hope to resolve at a summit in early February 2024.

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