A sneering Vladimir Putin launched four new warships and a nuke submarine into the Russian Navy today, mere hours after his military unleashed a series of devastating missile assaults against Ukraine.
This midday, the Russian president authorized the hoisting of Russian flags on the new boats via a video connection from his Novo-Ogaryovo administrative house outside of Moscow.
He then pledged to bolster his armed forces.
Earlier today, air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine as Russian soldiers launched over 120 missiles in a vicious onslaught aimed at the capital and several other key cities.
Who planned the op? russians.
Who loaded the 120 missiles? russians.
Who fueled the planes? russians.
Who flew the planes? russians.
Who fired the missiles? russians.
It's not just putin.
— Walter Report 🇺🇦 (@walter_report) December 29, 2022
Despondent residents were seen consoling one another amid the rubble after the assaults, representing one of Russia’s heaviest aircraft bombing campaigns of Ukrainian civilian centers to date.
During his 20 years in power, Putin has modernized the technical capabilities of his armed forces, providing the Navy with new vessels and adding ‘invulnerable’ missile systems to Russia’s arsenal.
Today’s newly-commissioned boats were a cruiser, a minesweeper, and the nuclear-powered ballistic missile-launching submarine Generalissimus Suvorov.
Emperor Alexander III, a second nuclear submarine, was launched Thursday and will be launched following testing.
Approximately 120 missiles were fired at metropolitan areas and vital infrastructure targets during today’s shelling of Ukraine, according to Ukrainian officials.
According to local reports, blasts were heard in Zhytomyr, Odesa, and Dnipropetrovsk, as well as in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Lviv. Mayors of Zhytomyr, Odesa, and Dnipropetrovsk also reported blasts caused by Russian missiles.
Following the Kremlin’s dismissal of a Ukrainian peace offer, Russia’s foreign affairs minister Sergei Lavrov and Moscow press secretary Dmitry Peskov requested that Kyiv accept the absorption of four Ukrainian territories by Russia.
Over Kyiv, a rocket is sighted as Putin unleashes 120 missiles on Ukraine.
Aims To Demoralize
As a result of today’s strikes in Kyiv, tens of thousands of individuals sought refuge in the metro tunnels beneath the city, evoking images similar to the Second World War.
Overnight, according to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia started an attack with ‘kamikaze’ drones followed by waves of air- and sea-based cruise missiles.
29.12.22. 120+ missiles over 🇺🇦 launched by the "evil Russian world" to destroy critical infrastructure & kill civilians en masse. We’re waiting for further proposals from "peacekeepers" about "peaceful settlement", "security guarantees for RF" & undesirability of provocations.
— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) December 29, 2022
The all-out assault was the most recent in a series of Russian operations against Ukraine’s essential infrastructure.
Since October, Moscow has undertaken similar strikes weekly, causing massive outages and water supply disruptions. Podolyak stated that Russia intended to damage vital infrastructure and kill large numbers of civilians.
The governor of Kharkiv, Oleg Synegubov, noted ‘vital infrastructure’ was focused in the region and four missiles struck civilian neighborhoods in the east and south of the municipality.
In contrast, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, said ‘40% of the capital’s users are without electricity due to the Russian attack.’
The mayor of Kyiv claims Russia intends to “bring despair” to Ukraine. The areas of Odessa and Dnipropetrovsk will experience power outages to prevent harm to the energy infrastructure.
Several Ukrainian areas reported approaching Russian missiles were stopped.