Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Russia targeted cities and energy facilities across Ukraine on Tuesday, killing at least one person and causing widespread power outages in what Kyiv said was the worst wave of rocket attacks in nearly nine months of war.

Missiles fell on cities including the capital Kyiv, Lviv and Rivne in the west, Kharkiv in the northeast, Krivi Rih and Poltava in the center, Odesa and Mykolaiv in the south and Zhytomyr in the north.

A body was pulled from an apartment building that was hit and set on fire in central Kiev, and a senior presidential official said the power situation was “critical” after heavy damage to power infrastructure.

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In a video posted online, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned Ukrainians that new missile attacks were possible, but added: “We are working, we will rebuild everything, we will survive.”

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Power was cut in areas of several cities, including Kyiv, Lviv and Kharkiv, and the national grid operator announced emergency power outages in the northern and central regions, as well as in Kyiv.

The mayor of Kyiv said that half of the capital is without electricity. The mayor of Lviv said that 80% of the city does not have electricity, so the lighting, water and heating are turned off. City authorities in Vinnytsia, west-central Ukraine, have been told to stockpile water after damage to a pumping station.

“This is the most massive shelling of the power system since the beginning of the war,” said Energy Minister German Galushchenko.

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Air Force spokesman Yuiy Ihnat said more than 100 missiles had been fired at Ukraine, surpassing the 84 fired by Russia on Oct. 10 in the heaviest airstrikes to date.

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The country’s largest mobile service provider warned of possible signal interruptions, and the transport system suffered disruptions in several areas.

In the capital, a five-story building was left smoldering after it was hit by what residents said were parts of a downed missile. Rescuers and doctors quickly arrived on the scene.

“I was in the apartment during the air raid warning. I saw a bright light in my window and realized something was up. Then I heard a sound, because he was getting closer,” said Oleksandra, 22, who lives in an apartment building.

“From my window I saw a rocket flying, a bright fire and the sound of something flying very close. I immediately went outside… I saw that people were running away from our building and that it was smoking.

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“The last apartment I lived in was also affected,” she added. “Fortunately, I was abroad at the time.”

The attacks came days after the humiliating withdrawal of Russian forces from the southern city of Kherson and coincided with a Group of 20 summit in Bali dominated by discussion of the war in Ukraine.

“This is what Russia has to say on the issue of peace talks,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter. “Stop proposing to Ukraine to accept Russian ultimatums! This terror can only be stopped by the power of our weapons and principles.”