November 16, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Tara Subramaniam, Sana Noor Haq, Ed Upright, Adrienne Vogt, Aditi Sangal and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 1:02 a.m. ET, November 17, 2022
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5:13 a.m. ET, November 16, 2022

G20 leaders urge "full implementation" of Black Sea grain deal, following uncertainty from Moscow

From CNN's Niamh Kennedy

US President Joe Biden, left, talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their bilateral meeting during the G20 summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, on November 15.
US President Joe Biden, left, talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their bilateral meeting during the G20 summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, on November 15. (Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images)

World leaders, gathered at the G20 summit in Bali, have called for the "full implementation" of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, stressing its importance for maintaining global food security. 

Members said they "welcomed" the UN-brokered grain deal and its efforts to "ease tension and prevent global food insecurity and hunger in developing countries," in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

"We emphasize the importance of their full, timely and continued implementation by all relevant stakeholders, as well as the UN Secretary-General’s calls for continuation of these efforts by the Parties," the leaders stressed in the declaration, published as the summit in Bali, Indonesia, wrapped Wednesday.  

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday cast doubt on the future of the agreement, which was negotiated to allow the safe passage of ships carrying Ukrainian grain and ease a global food crisis inflamed by the war.

The G20 said that it has also taken note of other initiatives to tackle the issue of food insecurity, name-checking the Arab Coordination Group's $10 billion package to address the issue.

US President Joe Biden and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan both agreed that the grain deal has been "critical to improving global food security amid Russia’s war," and emphasized the need for its continued implementation at a bilateral meeting on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin told Russia state media RIA Novosti that Moscow’s decision on the extension of the grain deal will be made taking into account the implementation of the Russia-UN memorandum on the export of Russian fertilizers and agricultural products.

4:58 a.m. ET, November 16, 2022

Ukrainians face further power cuts following Russian strikes on energy facilities

From CNN's Julia Kesaieva in Kyiv

Dark street during a blackout after a massive Russian missile attack on Ukrainian power infrastructure in Lviv, Ukraine, on November 15.
Dark street during a blackout after a massive Russian missile attack on Ukrainian power infrastructure in Lviv, Ukraine, on November 15. (Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

Ukrainians will face further scheduled and unscheduled power cuts Wednesday, a day after Russia fired 85 missiles at the country mostly targeting critical infrastructure.

“Massive missile strikes on November 15 on the energy infrastructure and cold weather further complicated the situation with the power system,” the state energy company NPC Ukrenergo said in a statement Wednesday. 

“Please prepare for longer power cuts: stock up on water, charge your devices and power banks in advance to stay in touch with your loved ones.”

The company said that repair crews were working “around the clock” to restore electricity.

Tuesday's strikes targeted power infrastructure in several regions of the country, leaving more than seven million people without power and sapping electricity supply nationwide, according to authorities.

The deputy head of the Office of the Ukrainian President, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, gave an update on Wednesday of the power situation around the country.

Seven Ukrainian regions still have areas without power, including the northeastern Kharkiv region, the western Lviv region and the northeastern Sumy region, while power has been restored in seven regions including central Kyiv and Odesa in the south.

4:53 a.m. ET, November 16, 2022

Kherson shortens curfew to assist demining efforts

From CNN's Julia Kesaieva and Victoria Butenko in Kyiv

People get in line to receive humanitarian aid at Independence Square in Kherson, Ukraine, on November 15.
People get in line to receive humanitarian aid at Independence Square in Kherson, Ukraine, on November 15. (Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Authorities in the recently liberated Ukrainian city of Kherson have shortened its nightly curfew in order to help with demining following the withdrawal of Russian forces.

Ukrainian forces swept into Kherson on Friday as Russian troops retreated to the east, delivering a major victory to Kyiv and marking one of the biggest setbacks for President Vladimir Putin since his invasion began.

Over the weekend, the city introduced a curfew from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. local time to ensure the safety of residents. People were prohibited from being on the streets and other public places in Kherson during those hours.

This has now been reduced to 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m in order to assist with new safety measures, particularly the removal of mines.

The Kherson city administration said on Telegram: “The curfew has been changed in order to carry out stabilization measures on the de-occupied territory of the settlements of the Kherson city territorial community, in particular, demining of this territory and taking measures for the safety of the civilian population of the community.”

4:29 a.m. ET, November 16, 2022

UK PM says allies held "urgent meeting" to underscore solidarity with Ukraine and Poland

From CNN's Radina Gigova in London 

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak holds a press conference after meeting with US President Joe Biden and a phone call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on November 16, in Nusa Dua, Indonesia.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak holds a press conference after meeting with US President Joe Biden and a phone call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on November 16, in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that allies held an "urgent meeting" at the G20 summit in Bali to "underscore our solidarity with Ukraine and Poland," after a deadly missile landed in eastern Poland on Tuesday.

"While other world leaders were working together to tackle the greatest challenges our people face, Putin was launching indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Ukraine," Sunak said on Wednesday during a press conference at the conclusion of the summit.

"I also spoke to Polish President Duda this morning to offer my wholehearted support and assurance that the UK stands steadfastly behind him and his people," Sunak said. 

"None of this would be happening if it weren't for Russia's invasion of Ukraine."

Some context: The missile hit an area outside the rural Polish village of Przewodow, about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) west of the Ukrainian border.

It marks the first time a NATO country has been directly hit during the almost nine-month conflict. The circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear and it is not known who fired the missile or where it was launched from.

Sunak and his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, have spoken with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and highlighted the "importance of a full investigation" into the shelling, according to Downing Street.

4:15 a.m. ET, November 16, 2022

Sunak and Trudeau stress to Zelensky importance of investigation into missile landing in Poland

From CNN's Schams Elwazer and Sugam Pokharel

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada hold a press conference at the G20 summit on November 16, in Nusa Dua, Indonesia.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, left, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada hold a press conference at the G20 summit on November 16, in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and emphasized the "importance of a full investigation" into a missile that landed in Poland on Tuesday, according to Downing Street.

“The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Trudeau emphasised the importance of a full investigation into the circumstances behind missiles falling in Poland yesterday," Downing Street said in a statement on Wednesday.

"They stressed that, whatever the outcome of that investigation, Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is squarely to blame for the ongoing violence."

Poland said a "Russian-made" missile hit the country on Tuesday, killing two people. The incident marks the first time a NATO country has been directly hit during the conflict. It is not known who fired the missile, or precisely where it was fired from.

3:58 a.m. ET, November 16, 2022

West moving closer to "world war" after missile lands in Poland, former Russian president says

From CNN’s Martin Goillandeau

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the fall of a missile within Poland's border shows the West is moving closer to a world war.

"The incident with the Ukrainian-alleged 'missile strike' on a Polish farm proves just one thing: Waging a hybrid war against Russia, the West moves closer to the world war," Medvedev tweeted Wednesday. 

Russia has denied it had anything to do with the missile that landed in eastern Poland on Tuesday and killed two people, roughly at the same time as Moscow launched its biggest wave of missile attacks on Ukrainian cities in more than a month.

The strike marks the first time a NATO country has been directly hit during Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It is not known who fired the missile, or exactly where it was launched from, although the Polish Foreign Ministry has described it as "Russian-made."

Medvedev is the deputy head of Russia’s Security Council. He served as Russia's president between 2008 and 2012 and prime minister between 2012 and 2020.

3:42 a.m. ET, November 16, 2022

China calls for restraint following deadly Poland missile explosion

From CNN's Wayne Chang

Police block a road near the site where a missile strike killed two people on November 17, in the eastern Poland village of Przewodow, near the border with Ukraine.
Police block a road near the site where a missile strike killed two people on November 17, in the eastern Poland village of Przewodow, near the border with Ukraine. (Wojtek Radwansk/AFP/Getty Images)

China's Foreign Ministry called for calm on Wednesday after Poland said a “Russian-made missile” had landed in a village near its border with Ukraine, killing two people.

Asked about the incident in a regular briefing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said all parties should “remain calm, exercise restraint and prevent the situation from escalating."

“China’s position on the Ukraine issue has been consistent and clear. It is imperative to engage in dialogues and negotiations to peacefully resolve the crisis,” Mao said.

Some context: Although China has consistently called for an end to hostilities in Ukraine, it has refused to condemn Russia's invasion. Instead, Beijing has called for the "legitimate security concerns of all parties" to be recognized, while blaming the US and NATO for the conflict.

Beijing and Moscow have become close partners in recent years as both face tensions with the West, with Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin declaring the two countries had a "no-limits" partnership weeks before Russia's invasion began

So far, Beijing has not provided direct military or financial aid to Moscow that could spark sanctions from Washington. Meanwhile, Chinese state media has previously reported on leader Xi Jinping’s support for international peace talks as a mechanism for ending the war. 

3:35 a.m. ET, November 16, 2022

US declines to comment on reports "Russian-made" missile that struck Poland was fired by Ukrainian forces

From CNN's Kevin Liptak, Pierre Bairin and Alex Stambaugh

US President Joe Biden speaks about the situation in Poland at the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 16.
US President Joe Biden speaks about the situation in Poland at the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 16. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

A spokesperson with the US National Security Council has declined to comment on reports the “Russian-made missile” that stuck eastern Poland killing two people was fired by Ukrainian forces, trying to intercept a Russian attack.

“We have no comment and will not be confirming this report. As the President said today, we support Poland’s ongoing investigation to figure out exactly what happened,” the spokesman said.

What did the report say? On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that three US officials said preliminary assessments suggested the missile was fired by Ukrainian forces in an attempt to intercept an incoming Russian strike. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, according to the AP.

In a statement to CNN on Wednesday, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did not explicitly deny the AP report. CNN has reached out to NATO about the AP report, but has not yet heard back.

The explosion: The missile landed outside the rural Polish village of Przewodow, about four miles (6.4 kilometers) west from the Ukrainian border on Tuesday afternoon, roughly the same time as Russia launched its biggest wave of missile attacks on Ukrainian cities in more than a month.

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident, which marks the first time a NATO country has been directly struck during the almost nine-month conflict, remain unclear, though the Polish Foreign Ministry has described it as “Russian-made.”

Both Russian and Ukrainian forces have used Russian-made munitions during the conflict, with Ukraine deploying Russian-made missiles as part of its air defense system. These older-generation weapons systems date back to the period when both Russia and Ukraine were part of the Soviet Union.

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3:25 a.m. ET, November 16, 2022

G20 ends with "most" members condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine

From CNN’s Sandi Sidhu and Ivan Watson in Bali, Indonesia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walks during the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, on November 15.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walks during the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, on November 15. (Achmad Ibrahim/AP)

“Most” G20 members states have “strongly condemned” Russia’s war in Ukraine, according to the end of summit joint leaders’ declaration issued in Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday.

The document, which runs to more than 1,100 pages, is not signed by individual attending leaders and acknowledged a difference of opinion at the summit, where scrutiny had fallen on China and India as Western countries pushed for a strong denunciation of the war in the closing statement.

“Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed it is causing immense human suffering and exacerbating existing fragilities in the global economy - constraining growth, increasing inflation, disrupting supply chains, heightening energy and food insecurity, and elevating financial stability risks," the document reads.

China has repeatedly refused to call Russia’s attack on Ukraine an “invasion” or even a “war,” nor has it condemned Moscow for its military action.

"There were other views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions," the document said. "Recognizing that the G20 is not the forum to resolve security issues, we acknowledge that security issues can have significant consequences for the global economy."

G20 nations, including China, also stated their opposition to the prospect of nuclear weapons being used in conflict.

The G20 leader’s document stated: “The use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is inadmissible. The peaceful resolution of conflicts, efforts to address crises, as well as diplomacy and dialogue, are vital. Today’s era must not be of war.”