Ukraine Russia news latest: Putin’s missile strikes force Kyiv to shut nuclear plants

Ukraine tells civilians from recently liberated areas to leave before winter

Russia launched 67 cruise missiles at Ukraine today, said Kyiv’s commander-in-chief, forcing shutdowns of nuclear power plants and plunging cities across the country into darkness.

Blackouts led to the shutdown of reactors at Ukraine’s Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in the south and the Rivne and Khmelnytskyi plants in the west, all in government-held territory, the state-run nuclear energy firm Energoatom said.

Ukraine’s largest nuclear complex, at Zaporizhzhia near the front lines in the south, is Russian-controlled and was previously switched off because of shelling that both sides blame on each other.

The capital region, which is home to three million civilians, as well as many other regions, are now without power and running water, said Kyiv’s governor.

Since the wave of fresh Russian strikes, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for an urgent meeting with the United Nations Security Council.

“The murder of civilians and the destruction of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror. Ukraine will continue to demand a decisive response from the world to these crimes,” he tweeted.

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Russian missile strikes force Ukraine to shut nuclear power plants

Blackouts forced the shutdown of reactors at Ukraine’s Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in the south and the Rivne and Khmelnitskyi plants in the west, all in government-held territory, the state-run nuclear energy firm Energoatom said.

“Currently, they (power units) work in project mode, without generation into the domestic energy system,” Energoatom said.

Ukraine’s largest nuclear complex, at Zaporizhzhia near the front lines in the south, is Russian-controlled and was previously switched off because of shelling that both sides blame on each other.

Aisha Rimi23 November 2022 18:26

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Zelensky requests urgent meeting with UN Security Council to discuss Russia’s latest strikes

Ukraine will request an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the latest Russian strikes against power-generating facilities, President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted this afternoon.

“The murder of civilians and the destruction of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror. Ukraine will continue to demand a decisive response from the world to these crimes,” he wrote.

Aisha Rimi23 November 2022 18:23

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Russia launched 67 missiles at Ukraine, says Kyiv’s top general

Ukrainian defence forces shot down 51 of the 67 Russian cruise missiles that were launched today, the country’s top general said, after strikes that knocked out power-generating facilities.

Commander in chief Valeriy Zaluzhniy said on Telegram that 30 missiles had been launched at Kyiv alone, adding that 20 were downed.

Aisha Rimi23 November 2022 18:03

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Ukrainians are ‘unbreakable’, Zelensky says after Russian air strikes

President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine would rebuild infrastructure damaged in Russian air strikes on Wednesday and praised the spirit of his people.

“We’ll renew everything and get through all of this because we are an unbreakable people,” he said in a brief video address posted to the Telegram messaging app.

Aisha Rimi23 November 2022 17:40

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Pro-Kremlin group claims responsibility for cyberattack on EU Parliament

A pro-Kremlin group has claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on the European Parliament website after its lawmakers designated Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, the president of the institution has said.

“The European Parliament is under a sophisticated cyberattack. A pro-Kremlin group has claimed responsibility,” Roberta Metsola said in a tweet.

“Our IT experts are pushing back against it & protecting our systems. This, after we proclaimed Russia as a State-sponsor of terrorism. My response: SlavaUkraini (glory to Ukraine)”, she said.

Aisha Rimi23 November 2022 17:22

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Putin’s Russia declared ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ by European Parliament

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed a resolution declaring Vladimir Putin’s Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” for its invasion of and actions in Ukraine.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the decision by the European Parliament.

“Russia must be isolated at all levels and held accountable in order to end its long-standing policy of terrorism in Ukraine and across the globe,” he wrote on Twitter.

Moscow, however, has reacted fiercly to the decision.

“I propose designating the European Parliament as a sponsor of idiocy,” Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Telegram.

Emily Atkinson has the full story:

Aisha Rimi23 November 2022 16:55

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US authorises $400m in new military aid for Ukraine

The UShas authorised an additional $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, which will include weapons, munitions and air defense equipment, said Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“The artillery ammunition, precision fires, air defense missiles, and tactical vehicles that we are providing will best serve Ukraine on the battlefield,” Mr Blinken said in a statement.

The Biden administration has so far provided $19.7 billion in military assistance to Ukraine.

Aisha Rimi23 November 2022 16:28

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European Parliament hit by cyber attack hours after vote

The European Parliament’s website was hit by a cyberattack just several hours after it voted designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, a spokesman said.

“The availability of @Europarl_EN website is currently impacted from outside due to high levels of external network traffic. This traffic is related to a DDOS attack (Distributed Denial of Service) event,” Parliament spokesman Jaime Duch said in a tweet.

Emily Atkinson23 November 2022 16:05

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Three killed in Russian air strikes on Ukrainian capital, says Klitschko

At least three people were killed in Russian air strikes on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Wednesday, including a 17-year-old girl, mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

He said at least 11 Kyiv residents had been wounded.

Emily Atkinson23 November 2022 15:40

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Russia says 35 captured servicemen ‘released from Ukraine after talks’

Russia‘s defence ministry has said 35 servicemen who had been held captive in Ukraine were returned following talks, Russian news agencies reported.

Emily Atkinson23 November 2022 15:15

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