Russia Uses Every Missile in Arsenal in Largest Attack Since Start of Ukraine War

Wes O'Donnell
5 min readDec 29, 2023
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“A large European nation is being bombed into the stone age as bored, high-minded pseudo-intellectuals keep playing Kissinger in what they imagine as Realpolitik 5D chess in op-eds.” -Illia Ponomarenko, December 29, 2023.

This sobering quote from Illia Ponomarenko puts things in perspective. It feels like people have forgotten that a modern, European nation, which desires closer ties with Western democracies, is fighting for its right to exist against a much larger, nuclear aggressor using a Cold War playbook.

Last night, Russia launched an unprecedented wave of missile and drone strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure and civilian targets.

I’ll pause so that can sink in…

Russia is not attacking military targets, which might help its chances of success. Instead, Putin is expending his dwindling supply of “precision” munitions against civilians.

“The most massive Russian missile attack on Ukraine of the entire war. Russians threw everything they could at us for 12 fucking hours. Every major city, all civilian targets, hospitals, apartment buildings schools, malls.” -Jay in Kyiv, December 29, 2023.

If Ukrainian estimates are correct, Russia launched 122 missiles of various types…

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Wes O'Donnell

US Army & US Air Force Veteran | Global Security guy at War is Boring, GEN, OneZero | Intel Forecaster | Law Student | TEDx Speaker | +Democracy | +Human Rights