A barrage of Russian missiles hit cities across Ukraine, knocking out power

Updated November 15, 2022 at 12:03 p.m. ET

Russia on Tuesday unleashed a wave of missile attacks on cities across Ukraine, hitting residential buildings and cutting power in urban areas in one of the most intense airstrikes of the war.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the Russian barrage included 85 rockets in a few hours on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

“Does anyone seriously believe that the Kremlin really wants peace?” Zelenskyj’s top adviser Andriy Yermak said further Twitter. “She wants obedience. But in the end, terrorists always lose.”

The attacks come a day after the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to hold Russia accountable and to pay reparations for the war it is waging in Ukraine. And just last Friday, Russia suffered a major military setback when it was forced to withdraw from the strategically important southern city of Kherson.

Ukraine shot down some of the incoming missiles, but others hit their targets in the capital Kyiv, the northeastern city of Kharkiv, the western city of Lviv and the southern city of Odessa, among others.

According to Mayor Vitali Klitschko, at least two residential buildings in Kyiv were hit and at least one person was killed.

Video released by the mayor’s office showed an apartment building in Kyiv surrounded by heavy flames and thick smoke.

Half of Kyiv is losing power

The mayor also said about half of the capital was without electricity.

The northeastern city of Kharkiv was without power, according to officials there.

“The United States strongly condemns the recent Russian missile attacks on Ukraine,” said US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, who was attending the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.

“The United States and our allies and partners will continue to provide Ukraine with what it needs for its defense, including air defense systems. We will stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes,” Sullivan said.

Speaking to the G20 via video earlier Tuesday, Zelenskyy said his country was determined to regain all of its territory occupied by Russia.

“In order to liberate our whole country, we still have to fight for a while,” Zelenskyy said.

There are some international calls for peace talks to end the war in Ukraine. However, Zelenskyy noted that the two countries signed interim agreements after Russia’s first invasion in 2014.

Russia has used this period of relative calm to regroup militarily, he said, adding that Ukraine will not fall for it again.

We will not allow Russia to wait and build up its armed forces,” said Zelenskyy.

In his speech, the President repeatedly called the G20 the “G19” and said Russia should be excluded.

Russia turns to Air Force

With Russia’s ground forces unable to make much headway in recent months, and in many cases being pushed back significantly, Russia is increasingly relying on airstrikes.

Russia launched a heavy bombing campaign against Ukraine’s power systems in October, damaging around 40% of the country’s electricity system, according to Ukrainian officials.

Ukrainian workers tried to repair the damaged power grid. However, many parts of the country, including the capital, were experiencing hour-long daily power outages before the latest attack.

The Russian airstrikes come as temperatures plummet and a long, cold winter lies ahead.

Ukraine’s limited air defenses have proven more effective than expected in protecting key government and military installations.

However, the recent Russian campaign has targeted such a wide range of civil and energy assets that Ukraine has been unable to protect them all.

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