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Europe 1 with AFP
06:49, November 23, 2022modified to

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4:07 p.m., November 23, 2022

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The Ukrainian capital, kyiv, was without water or electricity on Wednesday after new Russian strikes which also affected other cities in the country and caused power cuts to neighboring Moldova. “Russian terrorists are trying to destroy Ukraine’s energy supply facilities. Today, explosions were recorded in various regions of the country,” Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidency Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Telegram.

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“A two-story building was damaged. Three people died and six were injured,” the Kyiv regional administration said on Telegram, without giving further details.

The main information:

  • Several Ukrainian cities including kyiv without electricity
  • Water supply cut in Kyiv
  • Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday accused Russia of “terror and murder” after a Russian bombardment against a maternity hospital.
  • Ukraine warns EU about war “fatigue”.
  • Crimea has been targeted by a Ukrainian drone attack.
  • A decision will be taken in the coming days on whether or not to cap the price of Russian oil.

An affected infrastructure site in Kyiv

The mayor of kyiv, Vitaly Klitschko, indicated for his part that an “infrastructure site” was affected, announcing that the water supply had been “suspended throughout kyiv” because of the strikes. The regional governor, Oleksiï Kouleba, announced to him that “the whole region is without light”. Ukrainian private operator DTEK confirmed on Telegram that “emergency power cuts” had been put in place in Kyiv to try to “stabilize the situation as soon as possible”.

Earlier, AFP journalists had heard several explosions in the capital. In Lviv, western Ukraine, two Russian missile strikes hit an electrical substation causing power outages in two neighborhoods, according to Governor Maxim Kozytsky.

The last major strikes on kyiv date back to November 17, when the Russian army bombed several cities, including the capital, leaving more than ten million Ukrainians without power, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky. Another direct consequence of these Russian strikes, Moldova, already plagued by major energy problems caused by the war in Ukraine, was the victim on Wednesday of “massive power outages” following the Russian strikes, according to its deputy. Prime Minister, Andrei Spinu.

Russia “state promoter of terrorism”, for the European Parliament

The European Parliament on Wednesday called Russia a “State promoter of terrorism”, in a vote carried out almost nine months to the day after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This vote was quickly “welcomed” by President Zelensky for whom “Russia must be isolated at all levels and held responsible in order to put an end to its long-standing terrorist policy in Ukraine and throughout the world”.

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba said Wednesday’s strikes proved that Russia should “be recognized as a terrorist state throughout the world”. The spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zakharova, for her part castigated the decision of the European Parliament, describing it as “idiotic”.

Newborn baby killed in strike on maternity hospital

Elsewhere in Ukraine, a newborn baby was killed overnight in a Russian Russian strike on a maternity hospital in Vilniansk, in the Zaporijjia region (south), 45 km from the front. “A two-story building housing a maternity ward was destroyed by a missile attack,” the emergency service said on Telegram. Following this attack, a baby “born two days ago” died, this service told AFP, stressing that his mother and the doctor, also present, could “be saved from the rubble”.

“The enemy has once again decided to try to accomplish by terror and murder what it could not accomplish in nine months” of its invasion of Ukraine, lambasted Volodymyr Zelensky on Telegram . A total of 39 people were in the maternity ward, but “in another place” at the time of the strike, relief workers told AFP.

Prisoner exchanges continue

Despite still violent fighting, particularly in the east, Moscow and kyiv continue to exchange prisoners of war. “Another exchange took place today with kyiv according to the formula 35 for 35,” said Wednesday a senior leader of the Russian occupation authority, Denis Pushilin. Following multiple searches of Ukrainian monasteries suspected of having links with Moscow, including the largest in kyiv, the security services (SBU) said on Wednesday they had seized cash and “pro-Russian literature”.

In total, “more than 350 religious buildings and 850 people were thoroughly checked”, of which “more than 50” “underwent in-depth counterintelligence interviews”, the SBU said in a statement on Wednesday.

For its part, London announced that a first Sea King helicopter had been sent to Ukraine and plans to provide two more. British Defense Minister Ben Wallace, traveling to Norway to discuss military support for Ukraine with his allies, also said London would send 10,000 additional artillery munitions to kyiv.

Source: Europe1

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