Missile strikes pound Ukraine cities

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Ukrainian firefighters and emergency personnel respond to a site where missile fragments fell near a residential building causing fire in Kyiv on November 15, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

KYIV — Missile strikes hit cities across Ukraine on Tuesday and prompted mass power outages, a few days after a Russian retreat in the nation’s south and in the middle of the G20 summit.اضافة اعلان

The fresh bombardment, which officials said struck residential buildings in Kyiv, interrupted Ukrainian jubilation over the recapture of the key city of Kherson.

Lviv in the west and Kharkiv in the east were also attacked on Tuesday, authorities said, but there was no immediate information on possible casualties.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced the attack following reports that air raid sirens were sounding across all Ukraine’s regions, saying at least half of Kyiv’s residents were without power.

“According to preliminary information, two residential buildings were hit in the Pechersk district,” he said adding that “several missiles were shot down ... by air defense 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-story residential building.

“The danger has not passed. Stay in shelters,” he added in the statement online.

The attacks 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.

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.

The loss of Kherson was the latest in a string of setbacks for the Kremlin, which invaded Ukraine on February 24 hoping for a lightning takeover that would topple the government in days.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg nonetheless cautioned that Ukraine was facing difficult months ahead and said that Russia’s military capability should not be underestimated.

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