Twenty-one people remain hospitalized in Kharkiv, one in serious condition, following the Kremlin’s massive bombardment of Ukrainian cities over the holidays – the largest since the beginning of Russian President Vladmir’s Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

“A 56-year-old man who was operated on is in serious condition. The victim received multiple shrapnel wounds,” Kharkiv Regional Military Administration head Oleh Syniehubov wrote on Telegram.

According to Syniehubov, other patients are in moderate condition in the neurosurgery, neurology, and ophthalmology departments.

A 9-year-old boy was discharged in satisfactory condition under the supervision of a family doctor, Ukrinform reported, citing Olena Shapoval, a spokeswoman for the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration.

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From 5 to 8 a.m. on Dec. 29, Kharkiv was hit by Russian missile strikes in three waves. Three were killed and 13 people injured in the strikes.

On the evening of Dec. 30, more than 20 people were injured in more Russian missile attacks on Kharkiv.

On Jan. 2, one person died and 62 were injured as a result of an Iskander-M missile strike on a residential areas in the city center.

And on Jan. 4, it was reported that an 84-year-old wounded woman, Honored Artist of Ukraine Victoria Tymoshenko, died in hospital after two days.

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city was one of many cities, including the largest city, Kyiv, its third largest city, Odesa, and others cities and towns that Moscow targeted over the holiday period.

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As Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valery Zaluzhny said in a Jan. 2 post, had the Russian missiles gotten past Ukrainian air defense, the loss of life would have been “catastrophic.”

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