Russia launched about 15 missiles against Ukraine this Tuesday (15), most of them targeting energy infrastructure and other civilian targets, according to the Ukrainian military command. The capital Kiev and the cities of Lviv, Shebekino and Kharkiv were the hardest hit.
The anti-aircraft alarm was activated across the country and the situation at the power facilities is “critical”, said the port -Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson, Yurii Ignat, according to “Ukrinfrom”.
According to Ukrenergo, operator of Ukraine’s electricity distribution network, the areas most affected by Russian attacks are in the in the north and center of the country, “where emergency shutdowns were implemented in their entirety”, according to the portal “Ukrinform”.
The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, asked the population to remain in the shelters “for a while” and confirmed the cut of the electricity supply in “many cities” after the new attack of Russian missiles in several regions of the country.
“I implore you, take care and stay in shelters for a while,” Zelensky said in a video posted on Facebook, in which he also reported that repairs were being carried out to restore power supply in areas where it was suspended. “We are working, we will restore everything, we will survive everything! Glory to Ukraine!”, emphasized Zelensky.
The presidency of Ukraine, through its deputy head, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, described it as ” critical” the situation in which the energy infrastructures in much of the country were left after the massive attacks by Russia. “It’s clear what the enemy wants: he won’t get what he wants,” Zelensky said.
Ukrainian President tells G20 that it’s time for war to end
The bombing of several cities in Ukraine took place on the same day that President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the leaders of the G15, gathered in Bali, Indonesia, via videoconference. He said that the time has come for the conflict with Russia to come to an end.
“I am convinced that now is the time when Russia’s destructive war must and can end,” said Zelensky, thanking what he called “G19”, in a reference that excludes Russia.
The Ukrainian president also stated that, “if Russia says that want to put an end to the war, you have to prove it with facts”, highlighting Moscow’s constant threats to use nuclear weapons.
Ukraine demands the withdrawal of all Russian troops from its territory and the restoration of its territorial integrity. Russia annexed four Ukrainian regions at the end of September, a move illegal under international law.