aftermath of the missile attack in Dnipro.
On Saturday, Russia launched new waves of missile attacks across Ukraine, and one of those attacks—on an apartment building in the eastern city of Dnipro—killed at least five people. .
Other cities, such as Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odesa, were also affected.
After missiles struck power infrastructure in several cities, a large portion of Ukraine is currently experiencing an emergency blackout.
Earlier, the UK declared it would aid Ukraine's defense by sending Challenger 2 tanks there.
The main battle tank of the British army, the Challengers, will aid Kiev's forces in "pushing Russian troops back," according to UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
In response, Russia claimed that giving Ukraine more weapons would result in increased civilian casualties and an intensification of Russian operations.
Later on Saturday, when Ukrainians observe the Old (or Orthodox) New Year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that Western allies could only provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs to stop Russian attacks on civilian targets.
In his nightly video address, he stated: "What is needed for this? Those weapons which are in the depots of our partners and which our soldiers are waiting for so much.
According to Ukrainian officials, the attack in Dnipro targeted a nine-story building's entrance, razed several floors, injured nearly 40 people, including seven children, and was likely the worst in recent memory.
A sizable crowd gathered to observe the rescue operation at the scene of the strike, and others joined rescue workers in their frantic search for survivors. There were frantic phone calls, human chains of volunteers clearing debris, and torch beams piercing dense dust and smoke. .
Debris removal in Dnipro would go on all night, Mr. Zelensky stated in his speech: "We are fighting for every person, every life. ".
Since the apartment building is some distance from the closest power source, it is unclear why it was the target of such destruction.
This could have been one of Russia's less precise missiles, or something brought down by Ukraine's air defenses, although on the surface, this explanation seems less likely on a day when Russia appeared intent, once again, on targeting Ukraine's energy grid.
The most recent Russian attacks on Ukraine's power grid occurred two weeks ago. The Kharkiv and Kyiv regions were in the most difficult situation, according to Mr. Zelensky, regarding the energy infrastructure facilities that were hit on Saturday.
Up until midnight local time, all regions had 24-hour consumption caps, according to Ukrenergo, the national energy company of Ukraine.
Officials in the West and Ukraine had started to speculate about the possibility that Russia's "energy war" might be coming to an end due to a potential lack of suitable missiles and the obvious fact that the tactic hasn't yet broken Ukraine's spirit.
Moscow apparently still believes it is a tactic worth using, based on the attacks on Saturday.