Ukraine war live updates: Ukraine attacks Russian city of Belgorod and occupied Crimea overnight as retaliatory strikes intensify

Men are pushing a car away from a fire at a gas pipeline in the Podilskyi district, which was caused by falling rocket debris as a result of the Russian missile attack, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on January 2, 2024.  / Ukrinform | Nurphoto | Getty Images
Published January 3, 2024

After experiencing one of the largest Russian missile strikes of the war last Friday, Ukraine retaliated by attacking the Russian border city of Belgorod on Saturday, with the missile strikes killing at least 25 people and injuring more than 100.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attacks on Belgorod would not go unpunished and on Tuesday, Ukraine’s largest cities Kyiv and Kharkiv were attacked, leaving at least five dead and over 100 injured.

The Russian Governor of Belgorod Vyacheslav Gladkov said yesterday that Ukraine had again attacked the region with four missile strikes, killing one civilian. Overnight, Gladkov reported further attempted strikes but said Russian air defenses downed several missiles, with some damage to houses and power supplies reported.

A year ago there were high hopes that a much-vaunted Ukrainian counteroffensive — at that time expected to be launched in the spring — would change the dial in the war against Russia.

It didn’t, and the prospect of a breakthrough in 2024 is also unlikely, military experts and defense analysts told CNBC.



RELATED: Russia Says it Repelled Ukrainian Missile Attack on Belgorod Region

This handout picture posted on Jan. 2, 2024 on the official Telegram account of Belgorod mayor Valentin Demidov shows aftermath of a missile strike in Belgorod.
Published January 3, 2024

Russia’s defense ministry said Wednesday its air defenses destroyed 12 Ukrainian missiles over the Belgorod region, days after a Ukrainian attack in the same area killed 24 people and prompted a vow of intensified attacks from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Tuesday brought extensive Russian missile attacks that killed at least five people and wounded as many as 130 in Kyiv and Kharkiv, Ukrainian officials said.

Ukraine’s air force said Russian forces used 35 drones and 99 missiles, launched by air and sea, and that Ukrainian air defenses downed all the drones and 72 of the missiles.

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said Wednesday that in response to “the latest onslaught on Ukraine,” allies should respond by tightening sanctions on Russia and providing Ukrainian forces with long-range missiles.

Sikorski said on X, formerly Twitter, that the missiles would enable Ukraine to “take out launch sites and command centers.”

Poland borders Ukraine, and its military dispatched four F-16 fighter jets to protect its own airspace amid Tuesday’s Russian attacks.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office issued a statement Tuesday denying that mine-hunting ships donated by Britain to Ukraine were allowed to pass through the Turkish Straits and reach the Black Sea.

Britain said last month it was transferring two Royal Navy Sandown Class mine countermeasures vessels to Ukraine to help counter the threat from Russian mines and allow for Ukrainian export operations through the Black Sea.



RELATED: Ukraine updates: Russia hits Kyiv with heavy missile attack

Multiple Russian missiles were launched toward Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, killing four people, according to officials. Residents reported hearing loud explosions around the capital city. Follow DW for more.

Published January 2, 2024

At least four people were killed as Russian missiles struck Kyiv and the northeastern city of Kharkiv on Tuesday, Ukrainian officials said.

Local officials said the debris from one of the drones sparked a fire at a residential building in Desnianskyi, the capital’s most populous district.

The Ukrainian air force also reported that nine Russian Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers had taken off from a northern base.

The last time Ukraine reported Tupolev Tu-95s bombers flying was on December 29, when Russian strikes across the country left 39 people dead.





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