Russia fired 158 missiles and drones at cities and towns across Ukraine in the largest attack since the start of the war (social media)

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said her country had requested a meeting of the UN Security Council after Saturday's air strikes in the city of Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine.

Russia's defence ministry said 14 people, including two children, were killed and 108 wounded in "indiscriminate" Ukrainian strikes during which it said cluster bombs were used.

The RIA news agency quoted Zakharova as saying: "The terrorist attack in Belgorod will be the subject of action in the UN Security Council. Russia has requested a meeting of the Security Council."

Russia's largest attack on Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the death toll in Russia's biggest air attack on his country rose to 39 on Saturday, as rescue teams continued to remove rubble and rubble from the bombing site.

Russia launched 158 drones and missiles at cities and towns across Ukraine yesterday, what Ukrainian officials described as the worst aerial bombardment since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022.

Zelenskiy said via Telegram: "Efforts are still ongoing to remove the effects of yesterday's Russian attack. Almost 120 cities and villages and hundreds of civilian targets were damaged."

He said 39 people were killed and 159 wounded in the strikes, which used various types of ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and Iranian-made drones. Ukraine's military said air defenses shot down 87 Russian missiles and more than 30 drones.

Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said about 16 people had been killed, the highest death toll in the city during the nearly 22-month war. The capital declared January <> a day of mourning for the victims.

Source: Reuters