In the early hours of the new year, Ukraine experienced 90 drone attacks initiated by Russia.

A 15-year-old boy was killed during the assault on Odesa and Lviv, Ukraine, carried out by Shahed-type drones, according to the Ukrainian air force.

On Monday, the Ukrainian air force reported that Russia deployed a record-breaking 90 Shahed-type drones over Ukraine in the early hours of the new year. At the same time, Russia also claimed that Ukraine launched attacks.

Oleh Kiper, the head of the region’s military administration, stated that a residential building in Odesa was hit by falling debris from one of the 87 drones downed during the assault, resulting in the death of a 15-year-old boy and injuries to seven others. The debris also caused several small fires, including at the city’s port.

In Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, Russian attacks caused significant damage to a museum dedicated to Roman Shukhevych, a military commander who fought for Ukrainian independence during World War II. Although there were no reported casualties, university buildings in the town of Dubliany were also damaged.

Lviv mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, described the strike as “symbolic and cynical,” stating that it represented a war against their history.

On the other hand, in Russian-occupied areas of Donetsk, Ukrainian shelling resulted in the deaths of four individuals and injuries to thirteen others, according to Denis Pushilin, the Russian-installed leader of the region. Russian state media mentioned the death of a journalist among the victims, but provided no further details.

In the Russian border town of Shebekino, one person was killed and another injured in the shelling, according to regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.

These aerial strikes follow a series of heavy bombardments that began on Friday, when Russia launched an 18-hour attack described by an air force official as the largest aerial barrage in the ongoing war. At least 49 people were killed in the bombardment, and on Monday, rescuers in Kyiv reported recovering at least eight more bodies from beneath the rubble.

In Belgorod, a Russian border city, shelling attributed to Ukraine resulted in the deaths of 21 people, including three children, as reported by local officials.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the strikes in Belgorod as a “terrorist act” that would not go unanswered and promised further strikes on Ukrainian targets. Putin stated that Russia would continue to target “sensitive” military objectives in Ukraine, while denying accusations of targeting civilian infrastructure made by the West and Ukraine.

In a comprehensive discussion with servicemen, Putin proclaimed that the tide of the war in Ukraine was turning in Russia’s favor and that Moscow hoped to end the conflict, but on its own terms. In his traditional New Year’s address on Sunday, Putin made only a passing mention of the war in Ukraine, a notable departure from his speech the previous year.

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