Russia launches new strikes against Ukraine, the G7 meets urgently | War in Ukraine

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Russia launches new strikes against Ukraine, G7 meets urgently | War in Ukraine

The Russian army did it again Tuesday morning by bombarding several Ukrainian cities.

Russia on Tuesday claimed responsibility for new “massive” strikes on Ukraine's infrastructure, particularly targeting energy facilities, in the wake of large-scale bombings that sparked Western outcry.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was due to participate in an emergency virtual G7 meeting on Tuesday devoted to this Russian offensive.

Coming on this meeting, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the situation was clear and predictable. The confrontation will continue, he said.

In the morning, Russia continued to fire on its neighbour, hitting energy installations in the West far from the front. The city of Lviv is now 30% deprived of electricity, according to the town hall.

The city of Zaporizhia (south), not far from the front and pounded by the Russians these last weeks, on Tuesday, according to the Ukrainian authorities, suffered a salvo of twelve S-300 type missiles which fell on civilian infrastructure, killing one person.

Strikes caused severe destruction on energy installations in the Dnipro region (Center), depriving many villages of power, according to the regional governor.

Unlike Monday, no missiles fell on the Ukrainian capital kyiv.

The Ukrainian army deploys in kyiv after the bombing of the city ​​by the Russian air force on Monday morning.

The Russian Ministry of Defense, on the other hand, congratulated itself that these massive strikes against targets in Ukraine's military command and energy system had achieved their goal.

The bombings are on a smaller scale than on Monday, when dozens of missiles, rockets and drones rained down on Ukraine in retaliation for the attack, terrorist according to Vladimir Putin, which partially destroyed on Saturday the bridge connecting Russia to Crimea annexed in 2014.

Highly symbolic and strategic, this viaduct is used to supply Russian troops in southern Ukraine where kyiv forces are carrying out a counter-offensive.

For a second consecutive day, Ukraine is the target of heavy Russian bombardments. The latest report shows about twenty people killed and a hundred others injured. We take stock with our special correspondent Marie-Eve Bédard who is in kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.

The strikes targeted Ukrainian military, energy and communication infrastructure, but also hit purely civilian sites, such as a university, a playground, parks or a pedestrian bridge in the heart of downtown kyiv. The latest report shows 19 dead and 105 injured in the country.

More than 300 localities remained without electricity throughout the country.

The electricity operator serving the capital, DTEK, announced that, due to insufficient power, as of Tuesday, regular power cuts would affect different neighborhoods as winter approaches and Ukrainians fear electricity shortages. #x27;water, heating and electricity.

The Ukrainian government has called on the population to limit their electricity consumption.

For his part, the governor of the Russian region of Belgorod, bordering Ukraine, accused kyiv on Tuesday of carrying out a strike on an electrical installation which deprived more than 2000 inhabitants.

The Russian bombardments on kyiv are causing the population to flee, some homes without electricity.

The Ukrainian army bombarded a substation in Chebekino, a Russian town seven kilometers from the Ukrainian border, Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram, adding that there were no casualties .

Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian army said it had carried out new massive strikes in Ukraine, in particular against electrical installations.

For his part, Vladimir Putin must receive the boss of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, to talk in particular about the security of the Ukrainian plant in Zaporizhia that Russia has occupied since March, and that it has appropriately by demanding the annexation of four Ukrainian regions at the end of September.

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For months, Russians and Ukrainians have been accusing each other of shooting in the area and risking a nuclear accident.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian operator Energoatom further accused Russia of kidnapping a human resources manager from the plant and likely using torture and intimidation methods against him .

The head of Turkish diplomacy Mevlut Cavusoglu, meanwhile, called for a ceasefire as soon as possible between the belligerents. A meeting between Presidents Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled for Thursday in Kazakhstan, on the sidelines of a regional summit. Both Moscow and kyiv believe that negotiations are impossible.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.

Westerners, for their part, reaffirmed their support for kyiv after the wave of bombardments in On Monday, Joe Biden promising advanced air defense systems, as did Germany.

The European Union denounced strikes amounting to crimes of war. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has denounced an unacceptable escalation.

The Ukrainian president, meanwhile, insisted that his country cannot be intimidated.

Mr. Putin on Sunday accused Ukraine of masterminding the explosion that destroyed part of the expensively built Crimean Bridge. Kyiv has neither confirmed nor denied his involvement.

The attack on the bridge came after a series of Russian military setbacks in northeastern, eastern and southern Ukraine, in the face of a Ukrainian army strong in Western arms supplies.

As a sign of these difficulties, Vladimir Putin ordered the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of reservists in September, a decision which caused the massive departure of Russians from the country.

< p class="e-p">He promised on Monday other harsh responses in the event of new attacks against Russia, but without renewing his threat to resort to nuclear weapons made in September.

< p class="e-p">Moscow's only ally in this war, while being careful not to send his troops to Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accused kyiv of preparing an attack against his country announcing in consequently the deployment of Russian-Belarusian troops, without specifying their location.

On Tuesday, Minsk assured that this joint force was purely defensive. Belarus loaned its territory to the Russian army to enable the invasion of Ukraine in February.

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