Kyiv has been rocked by blasts, and the sound of air raid sirens was heard across Ukraine just after midnight. This forced Ukrainians to abandon New Year celebrations in order to head to bomb shelters.
This latest Russian salvo was following the explosions in multiple regions in Ukraine on New Year’s Eve. One person was killed and 20 were injured in the capital.
Some people shouted, “Glory to Ukraine!” as the sirens blared in Kyiv at the beginning of 2023. Glory to heroes
Vitali Klitschko, the city mayor, stated that there had been explosions and that the air defense was in place.
Telegram picture shared by him showing the location of a fragment from a rocket hitting a car in Kyiv’s Shevchenkivskyi District.
Minutes after Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s New Year Address, in which he thanked those who had fought for the country since the invasion of 24 February, the sirens from the air raid sirens were sounded.
He stated to citizens, “I want all of you one thing – victory.”
“And that’s all the important thing. All Ukrainians have one wish.
“Let this be the year for return. Our people’s return. Soldiers – to families Prisoners – to the homes they call home. Immigrants – to their Ukraine. Our lands will be returned. The temporarily occupied will be forever free.
“The return to normal living. Happy moments without curfew. To earthly joys, without air alerts. The return of all that has been taken from us. The peaceful old age of our parents, the childhood of our children.
“May the new year bring you all that you desire. We are ready to fight for it. Each of us is there because we believe in it. I’m here. We’re here. You’re here. Everyone’s here. All of Ukraine is here.
“Glory to Ukraine!” Happy New Year!
Social media reports claimed that people were moved to tears by the speech.
Vladimir Putin stated that 2022 would be a year of difficult but necessary decisions and important steps towards Russia’s full sovereignty.
Russian President also decried the West, echoing earlier claims that it encouraged neo-Nazism in Ukraine.
He stated that the Western elites hypocritically assured us for years of their peaceful intentions, which included the resolution of the Donbas’ most difficult conflict.
“In fact they encouraged neo Nazis in every way possible, who continued military, openly terrorist activities against civilians of people’s republics from Donbas.
“The West lied about peace but was preparing to attack, and today it is openly admitting it, not embarrassed. They cynically exploit Ukraine and its people in order to weaken or split Russia.
“We have never permitted anyone to do such a thing and we won’t allow it now.”