‘Are you alive?’: The reality of waking up to a warhead falling on your house | World News

Half of Leonid Fatkolin’s house in Kyiv’s southern Asokurki suburb is now collapsing into a pit in his back garden.

Just after 9am today, he was woken up by a loud explosion as debris from a Russian warship fell into his home.

“I was about to wake up and shower and shave. Then I heard a bang and at first I didn’t understand what it was. I opened my eyes and saw the door open and something had fallen. ” Leonid, whom we found smoking and drinking coffee outside the remains of his house.

Leonid Fatkolin's house has been destroyed.
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Leonid Fatkolin

“The first thing I wanted to know was, is my son okay? I yelled at him, ‘Are you alive?’ He said ‘yes’, and then I calmed down.

In one of the most widespread attacks since the early days of the war, Russia has launched a massive wave of missiles at cities across Ukraine.

The country’s air force says it intercepted 54 of the 69 rockets fired.

Officials claim that 16 of those missiles hit Kyiv, where three people were injured by falling debris, including a 14-year-old girl.

Despite the limited casualties, Moscow’s message is loud and clear.

The massive attack comes just three days after the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it had shot down the wreckage of a low-flying Ukrainian drone at the key Saratov airbase Engels-2, carrying three of its military personnel. were killed.

The friends are reunited after being taken to underground bunkers to take shelter from shelling.
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The friends are reunited after being taken to underground bunkers to take shelter from shelling.

It was the second time Moscow announced that a Ukrainian drone had hit a strategic site in just three weeks.

Talks of a counter-attack have been circulating for several days. A few hours after the explosions, residents of Kyiv were moving around their city as usual.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko told Sky News the capital may be resilient, but its population is very angry.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko
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Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko

“The Russians want to bring depression especially right now during Christmas and New Year. They want to bring us back to the dark ages without light and without heat. They should bring a depressed mood to everyone,” he said.

“Instead, Ukrainians are very angry and say, ‘We’d rather live without electricity and heating.’

In Osokorki, Leonid’s young neighbors gather to clean up the rubble of his house. A young man shouts at her and her face lights up.

“They got my second row of teeth. Now, I’m going to have teeth,” says Leonard, grinning after putting in teeth plucked from the rubble.

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His demeanor is pessimistic but saddened by the reality of the battle he woke up to this morning.

“It’s a crime against humanity, not just against me but against all people,” he says.

“This time I endured, but next time it will be someone else.”



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