Air raid sirens wail across Ukraine in first moments of 2023 as fresh blasts heard in Kyiv | World News

Explosions were heard in Kyiv and air raid sirens sounded across the country shortly after midnight, forcing Ukrainians to abandon New Year’s celebrations and head to bomb shelters.

The latest apparently Russian salvo follows Explosions on New Year’s Eve in several regions of UkraineOne person was killed and 20 injured in the capital alone.

As sirens rang out in Kyiv in the early minutes of 2023, some chanted “Glory to Ukraine. Glory to heroes” from their balconies.

City mayor Vitaly Klitschko said explosions had been heard and air defenses were working.

He shared a photo on Telegram that appeared to show a fragment of a rocket hitting a car in Kyiv’s Shevchenkivskyi district.

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Zielinski called for victory in 2023 in New Year’s message.

The air strike sirens came minutes after the end of Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s New Year’s address in which he praised those who have fought for their country since the February 24 attack.

He told the citizens: “I want to wish us all one thing – victory.

“And this is the most important thing. A wish for all Ukrainians.”

There were reports of people shedding tears from this speech on social media.

In a speech, Vladimir Putin said 2022 was a year of “difficult but necessary decisions” and “important steps towards Russia’s full sovereignty and the powerful consolidation of our society”.

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The Russian president echoed previous claims about the West encouraging neo-Nazis in Ukraine who have carried out “military and frankly terrorist acts against peaceful civilians in the People’s Republic of Donbas”.

“The West has lied about peace, but it is preparing for aggression,” he added.

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