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Death toll rises to 30 in Russia’s deadliest attack on Kyiv

Brothers Wladimir (left) and Vitali (right) Klitschko in a 2012 photo with their championship belts. (Photo by Vergo, Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain, Released)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

The death toll has risen from the deadliest missile attack on Kyiv since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

The number of people killed in Russia’s December 29 attack on the Ukrainian capital has risen to 30, the Kyiv City Military Administration said on Telegram on January 3.

“One person died in the hospital from injuries received as a result of shelling,” the military administration said, adding that 29 were injured.

Russia fired 158 drones and missiles across Ukraine in the attack on December 29, killing more than 40 people and injuring more than 150.

Meanwhile, Ukraine launched a drone attack on Russia’s Belgorod, the governor of the region bordering Ukraine said on January 3, adding that several drones were destroyed on approach to the city of Belgorod, the administrative center of the region.

The Russian Defense Ministry later said on Telegram that Russia’s air-defense systems destroyed a total of 12 Ukraine-launched launched missiles over the Belgorod region.

Presumed Ukrainian shelling of Belgorod on December 30 was reported to have killed more than two dozen people.