Russian missile strikes hit Kyiv, mayor says

Russia launched more missile strikes across Ukraine on Wednesday, striking at least one key infrastructure facility in Kyiv, the city’s mayor said.

The big picture: Since early October Russia has escalated its missile strikes on Ukraine, targeting the country’s critical infrastructure and causing massive blackouts and energy rationing.

  • As of early November, Russian attacks had “seriously damaged” about 40% of Ukraine’s entire energy infrastructure.
  • The attacks increasingly threaten to leave many Ukrainians without electricity, water and heat as winter approaches.

State of play: “Hitting one of the capital’s infrastructure facilities. Stay in shelters! The air alert continues,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on Telegram Wednesday.

  • “A few more explosions in different areas of the capital. Rescue services and medics are on the scene,” Klitschko wrote in another Telegram post.
  • In the Kyiv region, there were “hits on the housing sector and critical infrastructure facilities,” Kyiv regional Gov. Oleksiy Kuleba wrote on Telegram Wednesday. “There is a threat of repeated shelling. Stay in shelters!”
  • The sounds of multiple explosions were heard across Kyiv and air raid sirens sounded and multiple regions across Ukraine reported attacks on infrastructure, AP reported.

Driving the news: “There is no light in some districts of Kyiv. Energy experts report emergency shutdowns,” Klitschko wrote in a Telegram post.

  • Overnight Russia “launched huge rockets” at a maternity ward of a hospital in the Zaporizhzhia region, regional Gov. Oleksandr Starukh wrote in a Telegram post, adding that a baby had been killed and rescuers were at the scene.
  • “Doctors were injured, one of whom received severe burns,” Starukh wrote in a subsequent Telegram post.
  • The attack on the maternity ward in the town of Vilniansk killed a two-day-old baby boy, Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska tweeted Wednesday, expressing her condolences.
  • “Horrible pain. We will never forget and never forgive. My sincere condolences to the loved ones of the baby. Speedy recovery to the injured. Our hearts are with you,” Zelenska added.

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