On the morning of 16 December, air alerts were announced all across Ukraine at about 8 a.m. and canceled only 4-4.5 hours later. Russian troops launched 76 air- and sea-based missiles once again targeting primarily the Ukrainian energy infrastructure, and some 27 land-based S-300 air defense missiles in their secondary ground target attack role targeting front-line cities. Ukrainian air defenses reportedly shot down 60 missiles.
The Russian attack killed at least two, wounded at least 10 civilians in two regions, and damaged at least nine power-generating facilities causing power cuts in several regions.
The Russian missile strategic bombing campaign primarily targeting the Ukrainian energy infrastructure continues for many weeks now. Russia has managed to inflict significant damage to power generation and distribution facilities causing blackouts and power cuts across Ukraine. Nevertheless, this campaign doesn’t seem to have any impact on the Ukrainian military infrastructure or troops.