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Critical infrastructure continues to be targeted in the latest attacks on Kiev and western Ukraine

origin 1This photo taken on New Year’s Day shows a damaged room in the regional children’s hospital after a Russian missile attack in the southern city of Kherson ©AFP

A new airstrike hit Kiev at dawn on Monday, following a New Year’s Eve marked by dozens of Russian strikes that left at least four dead and 50 wounded in the capital and elsewhere in the country.

The attack continued to target critical infrastructure, with Moscow saying it was targeting unmanned aircraft manufacturing facilities.

Kiev’s army issued a warning about the latest attacks just after 01:00 (00:00 CET) on Monday. Russia has been attacking Ukraine’s energy infrastructure for months, with millions of people losing power during Ukraine’s sub-zero winter temperatures.

“We won’t give them anything”

After the New Year’s attacks, a major in the Ukrainian army said: “The Russian occupiers fired 16 times with multiple rocket launchers, especially at the children’s hospital in Kherson,” a southern city regularly bombed since it was reclaimed by the Ukrainian soldiers in November.

The Russians “are losing. Drones, missiles and everything else won’t help them. Because we are together,” said President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“And they won’t take away a single year from Ukraine, they won’t take away our independence. We won’t give them anything. We respond to every Russian attack… in all our cities and communities,” he added. .

Russia said Saturday through Sunday “a long-range precision airstrike against Ukrainian defense industry facilities involved in the production of attack drones used to carry out terrorist attacks against Russia.”

Moscow often describes Ukrainian military operations on Russian territory or against Russian infrastructure in Ukraine as “terrorist acts”.

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The Russian military has also said it will continue its offensive in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, where most of the fighting is currently concentrated.

On Sunday evening, Ukrainian forces said that “the enemy continued to attempt attacks in the Bakhmout sector”. Russian forces have been trying to seize the region for more than six months, at the cost of heavy losses on both sides and unimaginable destruction.