​Russia Launches the Biggest Air Attack, Deploying almost 160 Missiles and Drones

The consequences of night attack on December 29 / Photo credit: The State Emergency Service of Ukraine
The consequences of night attack on December 29 / Photo credit: The State Emergency Service of Ukraine

The Ukrainian military has been able to shoot down a significant number of the russian missiles, but it is clear that the country is under a sustained assault

On the night of December 29, russia launched the biggest air attack against Ukraine, targeting critical infrastructure, industrial and military facilities.

Initially, the invaders launched the Shahed UAVs, employing a total of 36 Shahed-136/131 drones from the north and south-east directions, with subsequent movement towards the west.

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At around 3:00 am, strategic aviation entered the fray with 18 Tu-95MS bombers, reaching the launch line by 6:00 am. These bombers unleashed a minimum of 90 Kh-101/Kh-555/Kh-55 cruise missiles.

Around 5:00 a.m., the enemy deployed long-range Tu-22M3 bombers from the Kursk region, launching eight Kh-22/Kh-32 cruise missiles towards the northern and central regions.

Simultaneously, Kharkiv faced an assault with S-300 guided air defense missiles, with a total of at least 14 ballistic trajectory missiles (S-300/S-400/Iskander-M) originating from the temporarily occupied Crimea, Kursk and Belgorod regions of the russian federation.

At 6:30 am, five MiG-31K fighters from the Astrakhan region were observed launching 5 Kh-47M2 Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles.

Additionally, the Su-35 tactical aircraft deployed 4 Kh-31P anti-radar missiles and one Kh-59 missile.

Preliminary reports indicate that the enemy utilized a total of 158 air attack assets, including various missile types and UAVs, against Ukraine.

Through the efforts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 114 air targets were successfully neutralized: 27 Shahed-136/131 attack UAVs and 87 Kh-101/Kh-555/Kh-55 cruise missiles.

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