'Critical' situation in Ukraine after massive Russian strikes in the middle of the G20 | War in Ukraine

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Critical situation in Ukraine after massive Russian strikes in the middle of the G20 | War in Ukraine

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Smoke rises on the horizon after Russian strikes in the western city of Lviv 'Ukraine.

Ukraine was hit on Tuesday by Russian attacks on an unprecedented scale according to kyiv, with the firing of around 100 missiles against energy networks that made the situation “critical” and put Russia even further cantilevered at the G20 summit, already shunned by Vladimir Putin.

These strikes, which left at least one person dead in Kyiv – but relief operations were still ongoing – led to widespread power cuts in Ukraine and as far as neighboring Moldova, on the doorstep of the EU.< /p>

Russian terrorists have carried out another planned attack on energy infrastructure. The situation is critical, Deputy Head of the Presidency Kyrylo Tymoshenko stressed on Telegram.

According to him, more than seven million homes were without electricity Tuesday evening throughout Ukraine. What the enemy wants is clear. It will not achieve its goals, reacted President Volodymyr Zelensky in a short video posted online.

“We work, we will restore everything, we will survive everything.

— Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidency

According to him, 85 missiles were fired at Ukrainian cities, from kyiv to Lviv, near the Polish border, and from Kharkiv in the northeast to Odessa in the southwest. But according to the Air Force, no fewer than 100 missiles were fired, including by strategic bombers, more than on October 10, when the occupiers fired them. 84, according to spokesman Yuri Ignat.

In kyiv, where two residential buildings were hit, rescuers found the body of a deceased person, and operations rescue were still in progress, said the mayor of the capital Vitaly Klitschko.

In the capital, at least half of the [residents] are without electricity, he said on Telegram. The national operator has triggered emergency power cuts across Ukraine, including in Kyiv, to balance the network, he added.

Residents watch as Ukrainian firefighters respond to the scene where a fragment of a Russian missile fell near a residential building in kyiv, causing a fire in the center of the Ukrainian capital.

Air defense warning sirens sounded across Ukraine shortly before 3:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. GMT). A few minutes later, explosions were heard in particular in kyiv, Lviv (west) and Kharkiv (north-east).

Several missiles were shot down by air defenses over the capital, the mayor of Kyiv said. A Ukrainian presidential administration official released a video showing a five-story building in flames.

We were in bed [when the building was hit]. We rushed down the hallway, and it was already smoky, Svitlana Romantchouk, 66, who lived on the fourth floor of the brick building with her 72-year-old husband Petro, told AFP. /p>

I believe a woman died below our house, the strike hit her balcony, she added, as kyiv firefighters put out the fire. x27;fire.

Lviv, Kharkiv, Vinnitsia, Kremenchuk, Rivne, regions of Sumy, Khmelnistky, Volyn, Odessa… the strikes affected the whole country, and the local authorities announced to turn the damage in their city on social networks.

Russian strikes hit residential buildings in the heart of the Ukrainian capital, authorities said.

More electricity in Odessa, the large port city in the south-west, power cut to 80% in Lviv, the major city in the west of the country, where the metro was blocked, just like in Kharkiv, the second city in the country near the Russian border in the northeast.

In Moldova, a neighboring country to the southwest of Ukraine, Russian strikes have also led to cuts of electricity. Every bomb that falls in Ukraine also affects Moldova and our people, wrote on Twitter the head of Moldovan diplomacy Nicu Popescu.

The previous strikes that targeted the Ukrainian capital dated back to October 10 and 17, and had above all targeted, as elsewhere in the country, Ukrainian energy infrastructure, in order to deprive the population of electricity at the approach of the #x27;winter.

In return, Ukrainian strikes on the Russian region of Belgorod, bordering to the northeast, left two dead and three injured, the governor said on Telegram from the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov.

The massive strikes on Ukraine came four days after the humiliating withdrawal of Russian forces from part of the Kherson region, including the southern city of the same name, after more than eight months of occupation.

The Kremlin had to resolve it because of a counter-offensive by the Ukrainian army, galvanized by the weapons delivered by the West. Russian troops had already had to withdraw from the north of the country in the spring, then from the northeast in September.

Sign of the difficulties of the Russians on the ground, the occupation authorities in the region of Kherson, which Moscow claims the annexation, had to abandon a new city, Nova Kakhovka. This city is located on the left (eastern) bank of the Dnieper, where Russian forces had retreated last week because they could not hold the right (western) bank, where Kherson is located.

A Ukrainian soldier inspects a damaged Russian tank in the recently recaptured village of Chornobaivka near Kherson.

After the Russian withdrawal on November 11 from the right bank of the Dnieper, Nova Kakhovka came under direct fire from heavy artillery and mortars of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the official said. #x27;occupation administration.

The strikes also occurred in the middle of the G20 summit in Indonesia, shunned by Russian President Vladimir Putin who did not even wish to speak there by videoconference.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted that Kyiv is awaiting a principled response from the G20 summit.

“These Russian strikes will only deepen concerns within the G20 about the destabilizing impact of Putin's war.

— White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan

Following a three-hour interview the day before with his American counterpart Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose every frown at his Russian ally is scrutinized, admitted to being very concerned about the conflict in Ukraine.

But Moscow, which had dispatched its head of diplomacy Sergei Lavrov to the scene, gave no sign of wanting to stop its attacks.

All the problems come from the Ukrainian party which categorically refuses negotiations and puts forward manifestly unrealistic demands by first demanding the withdrawal of Russian forces from its territory, he declared.

Mr. Lavrov left the summit as early as Tuesday, as expected according to Russian state news agency Ria Novosti.

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