KYIV: Missile strikes Hit cities All Ukraine Tuesday’s power outages came just days after the humiliating Russian retreat in the country’s south, and right in the middle the G20 summit.
Officials said that the new bombardment targeted residential buildings in Kyiv. It happened during days of Ukrainian joy over the capture of the city. Kherson.
Authorities claimed that Lviv (in the west) and Kharkiv (in the east) were also attacked Tuesday. However there were no immediate details on any possible casualties.
Vitali Klitschko, Kyiv mayor, announced the attack after hearing that sirens had been sounding all over. UkraineAccording to’s regions of Kyiv, at least half of the city’s residents were without electricity.
“According to preliminary information, two residential buildings were hit in the Pechersk district,” He added “several missiles were shot down… by air defence systems.
The deputy head of the president’s office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said the missiles had been fired by Russian forces.
He distributed footage of the apparent scene of the attacks, showing a blaze at a Soviet-era, five-storey residential building.
“The danger is not over. Shelters are available.” he added in the statement online.
The atttacks came after Russian appointed officials in Nova Kakhovka said they were exiting the important southern city, blaming artillery fire from Kyiv forces, which have been reclaiming swathes of the south after a Russian retreat.
Their announcement comes one day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the recently liberated regional capital of the Kherson region and announced “The beginning of the end”.
Zelensky told the G20 summit in Bali on Tuesday “This is the best time to act.” to end the war.
“I believe that now is the best time to stop the Russian destructive warfare.” he said via video link, according to a speech obtained by AFP. “It can save thousands of lives.”
Ukraine forces since September have been pushing deeper into the south and Russia announced last week a full withdrawal from the regional capital of the southern Kherson region, allowing Ukraine to enter.
“Nova Kakhovka state administration employees, as well state and municipal institution employees, have all left the city to be relocated in safer areas.” the Moscow-installed authorities said on Telegram.
The Russian-backed officials said after Moscow’s pull-out from Kherson city, Nova Kakhovka came under “indiscriminate fire” and “The city’s life is unpredictable.”
They also claimed “Many thousands of residents” had followed their recommendation to leave to “Save Yourself”, saying Kyiv’s forces will seek “Retribution on coworkers”
The authorities claimed that this did not mean that the city was “abandoned” and that “Crews of municipal workers” were working to ensure the “Functioning of the energy and water supply system.”
Nova Kakhovka sits on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River, now a natural dividing line between Ukraine’s forces that retook Kherson city on the west side and Russia’s forces on the opposing bank.
It is also home to the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam which was captured in the beginning of the invasion because of its strategic importance supplying the Moscow-annexed Crimean peninsula.
The Russian-controlled dam is a particular focus now after Zelensky accused Russian troops of planning to blow it up to trigger a devastating flood.
Any problem with the dam would cause water supply problems for Crimea, which has been under Russian control since 2014 and which Ukraine hopes to recapture.
Russia forces said last week that a Ukrainian strike had damaged the dam.
The Russian-appointed head of the occupied part of the Kherson region, Vladimir Saldo, said Tuesday the dam was no longer operating.
“Today’s turbines are not capable of producing electricity and this is a problem.” he said on state-run television channel Rossiya-24, according to Russian agencies.
“The situation is much more dangerous, not with electricity generation, but with dam itself, which in the event an explosion would flood a large area.
Kherson’s death was just the latest setback in a series of setbacks suffered by the Kremlin since it invaded. Ukraine We are hoping for a lightning grabover on February 24, which would bring down the government within days.
NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg however cautioned Ukraine He said that Russia’s military capabilities should not be underestimated as he was facing difficult months ahead.