The Russians launched 19 Kh-101 and Kh-555 cruise missiles at Ukraine on the morning of 8 December, with air defence forces managing to destroy 14 of the missiles.
Source: Yurii Ihnat, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Force, on air during the 24/7 national joint newscast
Quote from Ihnat: "In the morning, we saw the launch of Kh-101 and Kh-555 cruise missiles from, according to early reports, nine Tu-95 strategic aircraft. They divided into several groups and launched the missiles. As of now, 19 cruise missiles were launched. And we have a good result from the air defence response, as 14 missiles were destroyed."
Details: Ihnat stated that the missiles were shot down in Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts.
"They were first heading for Dnipro, and from there, some of the missiles headed for Kyiv, and some hit infrastructure facilities in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. Unfortunately, we did not manage to shoot down all of them. Unfortunately, we already know that one person has been killed," Ihnat said, referring to a fatality in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast that occurred in the strike.
- Ukraine’s Air Force reported the probable launch of cruise missiles from Tu-95MS strategic bombers on the morning of 8 December, with the missiles already moving over Ukrainian territory.
- One person was killed, at least four were injured, and two of them are in a serious condition, as a result of a morning attack by the Russians on Pavlohrad district in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.
- The cruise missiles which the Russians targeted at Kyiv on 8 December were shot down by anti-aircraft defence systems on approach to the city. There were no strikes, but early reports indicate damage to residential buildings in Kyiv Oblast.