Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

Russia launched missile attacks on Ukraine as G20 leaders met in Bali.

The Ukrainian public broadcaster reported that the attacks targeted Kyiv, Kyiv region, Kharkiv city, as well as Poltava, Mykolaiv, Dnipro, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytskyi, Lviv, Cherkasy, Odesa and Chernihiv regions.

The strikes have reportedly been launched in waves, with a third wave currently on its way to targets across Ukraine. It follows last week’s withdrawal of Russia from Kherson and the western banks of the Dnieper River.

Three residential buildings in the capital city of Kyiv were hit, said Mayor Vitaly Klitschko. He said the buildings were located in Kyiv’s Pechersk district, a residential area north of the presidential administration. Klitschko said that medics and rescuers are on their way to the scene of the accident.

The targets of the reported hits, the city of Kharkiv, the city of Krivi Rih, the regions of Poltava and Cherkasy have not yet been confirmed. Regional leaders in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytskyi and Poltava said that the air defense systems are working.

The head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Andriy Yermak, said the attack was a response to President Volodymyr Zelensky’s address to the G20 on Tuesday. Zelenskiy called on leaders to support Ukraine to end it on its own terms — the primary one being that Russian troops leave all of Ukraine, including the territories it occupied in 2014.

“We will not allow Russia to wait, build up its forces, and then start a new series of terror and global destabilization. There will be no Minsk 3, which Russia will violate immediately after the agreement,” said Zelensky. Recent media reports claim that Ukraine’s allies want to avoid a protracted war and predict the start of negotiations soon.

“I am convinced that now is the time when Russia’s devastating war must and can be stopped,” Zelenskiy said.

The attacks came shortly after Russia’s representative at the summit, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, accused Western countries of trying to politicize the declaration at the end of the summit by circulating a draft that said: “Most members have strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed the enormous human suffering it is causing.” and exacerbates existing weaknesses in the global economy.”

Ukraine’s permanent representative to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsya, described the attacks as “Russia spitting in the face” of G20 participants.

Deputy head of the presidential administration Kyrylo Timoshenko released a video of a burning apartment building in Kyiv. Kyivites reported on Twitter that they heard fire trucks rushing to the scene.

Last week was relatively calm throughout Ukraine. Since early October, Russia has launched massive strikes on an almost weekly basis, mostly targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

In an interview on Thursday, the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence service, Vadym Skibitsky, said Russia’s resources were exhausted after months of war and it was pooling its resources. “Their tactic is to conserve their weapons, pick their targets and then launch a mass attack.”