Ukraine downs New Year's wave of Russian drones and launches deadly attack

Destroyed house in Kyiv
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Ukrainian forces shot down 45 Iranian-made Sahed drones fired by Russia on Sunday, the first day of 2023, Reuters reported. The country also carried out one of the deadliest missile attacks against Russia during the war, resulting in 63 deaths.

As air-raid sirens sounded in Kyiv, residents stood on their balconies, shouting, "Glory to Ukraine! Glory to heroes!" Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, said Sunday night that Russia's waves of attacks with drones and missiles "will not help them ... because we stand united. They are united only by fear." Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the latest attacks caused no reported injuries. U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink tweeted that Russia's latest attack was "cowardly."

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