A woman walks past a crater left by a Russian missile attack in the southern city of Mykolayiv on December 31, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. - Russian strikes targeted Ukraine on December 31, 2022, including the capital Kyiv, just hours before New Year's Eve celebrations while Russian President told Russians that "historical rightness" was on their side. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

A hotel just south of Kyiv’s city centre was hit and a residential building in another district was damaged, according to the city administration.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, an official in Ukraine’s presidential office, wrote on Telegram that emergency services were heading to the scene but did not provide further details.

The governor of the surrounding Kyiv region, Oleksiy Kuleba, had warned shortly beforehand of a possible incoming missile attack, and said air defences in the region were engaging targets.

Nationwide blasts

Other cities across Ukraine also came under fire. In the southern region of Mykolaiv, local governor Vitaliy Kim said on television that six people had been wounded.

In a separate post on Telegram, Mr Kim said Russia had targeted civilians with the strikes, something Moscow has previously denied.

The official also reported a strike in the southern industrial powerhouse city of Zaporizhzhia, which Mr Tymoshenko said had damaged residential buildings.

“With each new missile attack on civilian infrastructure, more and more Ukrainians are convinced of the need to fight until the complete collapse of Putin’s regime,” Ukraine’s defence ministry wrote on Telegram.

Ukraine shoots down Russian missiles

Ukraine’s air defence shot down 12 out of 20 missiles launched by Russia on Saturday afternoon, the Ukrainian army said, according to AFP

Russia “launched more than 20 cruise missiles… Our air defence destroyed 12 cruise missiles,” Ukraine’s commander-in-chief General Valeriy Zaluzhny said on social media.

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