On the morning of December 16, an air alert was announced throughout Ukraine. The heads of Ukrainian administrations reported shelling in Kyiv, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Poltava and Zaporozhye regions. As a result, Ukraine's energy infrastructure facilities were also damaged. Sections of railway tracks in Kharkiv, Kirovograd, Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk regions have been de-energized.
According to Ukrayinska Pravda, as of 09:00 Kyiv time, the Russian military launched 72 missiles on the territory of Ukraine. The mayor of Kiev Vitaliy Klitschko announced the shelling of Desnyansky, Dneprovsky and Goloseevsky districts of the city. The metropolitan metro has suspended its work, the stations are currently used as bomb shelters. Also, according to Klitschko, in all districts of Kyiv there are interruptions in water supply.
The head of the Kharkov regional military administration, Oleg Sinegubov , said that 10 Russian missiles hit the territory of the Kharkov region. As a result of the shelling, no one was injured, but there is no electricity in Kharkov. The Kharkiv metro, as well as the Kiev one, stopped its work. In Kupyansk, the blow fell on the central city hospital and the pharmacy building.
In the Dnipropetrovsk region, according to the head of the OVA, Valentin Reznichenko, the Russian military attacked the Marganets community. In Krivoy Rog, a Russian rocket hit a residential building, as a result of which the entrance was destroyed. Two people were killed and at least five were injured, including two children. All victims are in the hospital.
There are also reports of shelling in Kremenchug, Poltava region. According to the mayor of the city, Vitaly Maletsky, as a result of the Russian missile attack, electricity and heat supply were cut off in the city. Poltava also remained without electricity. About 15 missile strikes were recorded in the Zaporozhye region, said the head of the OVA Alexander Starukh. He urged local residents to prepare for possible restrictions on the recovery time of damaged infrastructure.