"Open your eyes. It's a bloody nightmare": Ukrainian athletes reacted emotionally to Russian missile strike on December 29
Ukrainian athletes reacted angrily to the massive missile strike on the morning of December 29 by the Russian terrorist state. As of 12:00, at least 12 people have been reported dead in Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, and Zaporizhzhia.
Our representatives in various sports did not ignore another war crime of the aggressor country. The most emotional reaction came from karateka Anzhelika Terliuga, vice-champion of the 2020 Olympic Games. She did not hesitate in her statements against Russia.
"I hate Russian creatures with every fiber of my being. I have neither anger nor strength. We make donations, help those who can save us, we have no other choice," she wrote on Instagram.
Ukrainian national footballer Ruslan Malinowski called on the world to finally stop looking at the war in Ukraine through rose-colored glasses. "Open your eyes," he captioned the pictures of destroyed houses after the attack.
In turn, Olympic gymnastics champion Oleg Verniaev was shocked that Russia attacked civilian targets. "The most massive missile attack on civilian infrastructure and residential buildings since the first days of the war. Residential buildings, a shopping center, a maternity hospital, a lyceum. Each of our regions has suffered losses today," he wrote.
Legendary fencer Olga Harlan is outraged that the world allows Russia to continue waging war: "All night long I've been asked how things are at home. At home, the war is still going on. It's still going on. And Russia will always be a terrorist state."
Football referee Sofia Prychyna shared the only wish she will make in the New Year: "About 110 rockets were launched today. Casualties, destruction, fires... My only wish for 2024 is that our neighbors disappear."
As reported by OBOZ.UA, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi said that on the morning of December 29, Russian war criminals launched at least 158 air attack weapons: missiles of various types and attack UAVs. Air defense forces destroyed 27 Shahed-136/131 attack UAVs and 87 X-101/X-555/X-55 cruise missiles.