Putin spreads ‘terror and murder’ across Ukraine with new missile blitz


Russia has today unleashed another deadly wave on Ukraine, with a relentless series of missile strikes smashing into residential buildings and critical infrastructure facilities across the country. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Moscow of spreading fresh ‘terror and murder’ across Ukraine – hours after a newborn was killed in an attack on a maternity hospital.

The latest air strikes hit a two-storey residential building in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, killing at least three people and injuring nine more, as well as critical infrastructure facilities in and around the city.

The bodies of three civilians killed in the Russian missile strikes lay on the ground in central Kyiv, with police officers and medics standing mournfully by their side.

Ukrainian firefighters, working amongst the blackened shells of burned out cars, rushed to extinguish fires at buildings in central Kyiv and in the town of Vyshgorod on the outskirts of the capital

Russian strikes on Ukraine’s power grid left residents in the entire Kyiv region, western city of Lyiv, the northern city of Kharkiv and the southern Odesa region without electricity.

The bombardment also caused blackouts across half of neighbouring Moldova, the deputy prime minister of the country said on Wednesday. 

Air sirens blared across Ukraine and locals reported seeing Ukrainian air defence systems in action in several parts of the country. 

Multiple regions across Ukraine reported attacks in quick succession, suggesting a barrage of strikes by the Russian military. 

The renewed barrage will pile further hardship on a country already labouring from repeated strikes on its power grid, with Russia seemingly intent on turning the onset of winter into a weapon, by pounding Ukraine’s key infrastructure from the air.

Russia has today unleashed another deadly wave on Ukraine, with a relentless series of missile strikes smashing into residential buildings and critical infrastructure facilities across the country

Police inspect dead bodies at the scene of Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

Police inspect dead bodies at the scene of Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

Damaged cars seen at the scene of Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

Damaged cars seen at the scene of Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday 

Fire and rescue workers attend a building hit by a missile in central Kyiv and rush to put out a blaze on Wednesday

Fire and rescue workers attend a building hit by a missile in central Kyiv and rush to put out a blaze on Wednesday

People carry a body at the scene of a Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

People carry a body at the scene of a Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the scene of a Russian shelling in the town of Vyshgorod outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the scene of a Russian shelling in the town of Vyshgorod outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

In Kyiv, locals heard several loud explosions as air defence missiles flew overhead. 

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that ‘one of the capital’s infrastructure facilities has been hit’ and there were ‘several more explosions in different districts’ of the city. he added that water supplies were knocked out in all of Kyiv.

Meanwhile, Kharkiv’s mayor said that power was out in the city, Ukraine’s second largest, and all public transport had stopped running.

Lviv regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy reported ‘two missile strikes on a power substation’ in the region, and several districts of the region have been left without power. The entire Kyiv region is now without electricity, according to governor Oleksiy Kuleba. 

State-owned grid operator Ukrenergo said Russia’s missile attack was continuing, but there were already emergency shutdowns in all regions.

‘This is a necessary step to protect power grids from additional technological accidents and support the operation of the power system,’ Ukrenergo said. The repair work will begin when air raid sirens cease.

Fire and rescue workers attend a  building hit by a Russian missile in central Kyiv on Wednesday

Fire and rescue workers attend a  building hit by a Russian missile in central Kyiv on Wednesday

Fire fighters work to tackle a blaze at a building in central Kyiv after Russia launched a series of missile strikes on the city on Wednesday

Fire fighters work to tackle a blaze at a building in central Kyiv after Russia launched a series of missile strikes on the city on Wednesday

Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the scene of a Russian shelling in the town of Vyshgorod outside of the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the scene of a Russian shelling in the town of Vyshgorod outside of the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

Ukrainian firefighters, working amongst the blackened shells of burned cars in Kyiv, work to extinguish a fire after a Russian missile struck the town of Vyshgorod on Wednesday

Ukrainian firefighters, working amongst the blackened shells of burned cars in Kyiv, work to extinguish a fire after a Russian missile struck the town of Vyshgorod on Wednesday 

Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the scene of a Russian shelling in the town of Vyshgorod outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the scene of a Russian shelling in the town of Vyshgorod outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

Air sirens blared across Ukraine and locals reported seeing Ukrainian air defence systems in action in several parts of the country. Pictured: Fire and rescue workers attend a building hit by a Russian missile in Kyiv on Wednesday

Air sirens blared across Ukraine and locals reported seeing Ukrainian air defence systems in action in several parts of the country. Pictured: Fire and rescue workers attend a building hit by a Russian missile in Kyiv on Wednesday 

A Ukrainian firefight climbs up a ladder while trying to extinguish a fire following a series of Russian missile strikes in the town of Vyshgorod outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

A Ukrainian firefight climbs up a ladder while trying to extinguish a fire following a series of Russian missile strikes in the town of Vyshgorod outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the scene of a Russian shelling in the town of Vyshgorod outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday

Ukrainian State Emergency Service firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the scene of a Russian shelling in the town of Vyshgorod outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday 

A number of units were also shut down at the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine on Wednesday because of a loss of power during the strikes, Ukraine’s nuclear energy firm Energoatom said.

‘Everything is fine with the station. There is nowhere to generate electricity,’ an Energoatom spokesperson said of the plant in the Mykolaiv region.

A local official said units were also not operating at the Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plant in western Ukraine.

‘Stopping the units. There is no electricity, water, possibly heat,’ Oleksandr Suprunyuk, the mayor of the city of Netishyn which is near the plant, wrote on his Facebook page.

The latest onslaught came hours after Ukrainian authorities said an overnight rocket attack destroyed a hospital maternity ward in southern Ukraine, killing a 2-day-old baby.

Following the overnight strike in Vilniansk, close to the city of Zaporizhzhia, the baby’s mother and a doctor were pulled alive from the rubble.  

The region’s governor said the rockets were Russian. The strike adds to the gruesome toll suffered by hospitals and other medical facilities – and their patients and staff – in the Russian invasion that will enter its tenth month this week. 

Firefighters were seen at the site of a fire caused by a Russian missile strike in Kyiv today

Firefighters were seen at the site of a fire caused by a Russian missile strike in Kyiv today

The air strikes hit a two-storey residential building in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, killing at least one person, as well as critical infrastructure facilities in and around the city. Pictured: A victim of the airstrike is seen led on the floor while covered in an emergency medical blanket

The air strikes hit a two-storey residential building in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, killing at least one person, as well as critical infrastructure facilities in and around the city. Pictured: A victim of the airstrike is seen led on the floor while covered in an emergency medical blanket

First responders arrived at the scene of a fire in Kyiv following the Russian missile strike on Wednesday

First responders arrived at the scene of a fire in Kyiv following the Russian missile strike on Wednesday

First responders arrived at the scene of a fire in Kyiv following the Russian missile strike on Wednesday 

President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced the strikes as Russian ‘terror and murder’. 

First lady Olena Zelenska wrote on Twitter that a 2-day-old boy died in the strike and expressed her condolences. ‘Horrible pain. We will never forget and never forgive,’ she said. 

Medical workers’ efforts have been complicated by the succession of Russian attacks in recent weeks on Ukraine’s infrastructure.

The situation is even worse in the southern city of Kherson, from which Russia retreated nearly two weeks ago after months of occupation – cutting power and water lines.

Many doctors in the city are working in the dark, unable to use elevators to transport patients to surgery and operating with headlamps, cell phones and flashlights. In some hospitals, key equipment no longer works.

‘Breathing machines don’t work, X-ray machines don’t work… There is only one portable ultrasound machine and we carry it constantly,’ said Volodymyr Malishchuk, the head of surgery at a children’s hospital in the city.

A Russian missile struck the maternity ward of the Vilnianska Hospital near Zaporizhzhia, early Wednesday morning. Pictured: Firefighters search through the rubble of a building, Nov. 23

A Russian missile struck the maternity ward of the Vilnianska Hospital near Zaporizhzhia, early Wednesday morning. Pictured: Firefighters search through the rubble of a building, Nov. 23

On Tuesday, after strikes on Kherson seriously wounded 13-year-old Artur Voblikov, a team of health staff carefully maneuvered the sedated boy up six flights of a narrow staircase to an operating room to amputate his left arm.

Malischchuk said that three children wounded by Russian strikes have come to the hospital this week, half as many as had previously been admitted in all of the nine months since the invasion began. Picking up a piece of shrapnel that was found in a 14-year-old boy’s stomach, he said children are arriving with severe head injuries and ruptured internal organs.

Artur’s mother, Natalia Voblikova, sat in the dark hospital with her daughter, waiting for his surgery to end.

‘You can’t even call (Russians) animals, because animals take care of their own,’ said Voblikova wiping tears from her eyes. ‘But the children … Why kill children?’

In Strasbourg, France, the European Parliament overwhelmingly backed a resolution labeling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism for its invasion of and actions in Ukraine. The nonbinding but symbolically significant resolution passed in a 494-58 vote with 48 abstentions.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the vote. ‘Russia must be isolated at all levels and be held accountable in order to end its longstanding policy of terrorism in Ukraine and across the globe,’ he wrote on Twitter.

After Wednesday’s strikes, senior Zelenskyy aide Andriy Yermak wrote on Telegram: ‘The terrorists immediately confirm that they are terrorists – they launch rockets. Naive losers.’

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