Russian missile strikes hit residential buildings in Kyiv on Tuesday, officials there said, and at least seven Ukrainian cities have been struck in what appeared to be the first major aerial attack since Moscow retreated from the key city of Kherson last week.
The barrage came hours after Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky outlined a 10-point plan for peace during a virtual speech to world leaders gathered at the G20 summit in Indonesia.
Air raid sirens sounded out across Ukraine as multiple Russian cruise missiles targeted power infrastructure in several regions of the country, leaving the supply of electricity in a critical condition, according to senior Ukrainian officials.
In the capital, Kyiv, the city military administration said two explosions had been heard and instructed residents to remain in shelters. It said four missiles had been shot down.
Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko then said there had been a third strike. “Another hit in Pechersk district of Kyiv city. A high-rise building,” Klitschko said.
Further south in Mykolaiv, a regional military official, Vitalii Kim, warned of a third wave of strikes, while Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov said Russian missiles struck infrastructure in the northeastern region.
Reports from the city of Lviv in western Ukraine also say there have been several explosions in that city. It’s unclear whether they were missile impacts or the work of air defenses.
Maksym Kozatsky, head of Lviv’s region military administration, said on Telegram: “Everyone please stay in shelters. Air defense is working.”
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