November 23, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Kathleen Magramo, Sana Noor Haq, Aditi Sangal and Adrienne Vogt, CNN

Updated 2:16 a.m. ET, November 24, 2022
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6:25 p.m. ET, November 23, 2022

German chancellor says country's energy security for this winter is “guaranteed”

From CNN's Sugam Pokharel in London 

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz gives a press conference on November 23, in Berlin.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz gives a press conference on November 23, in Berlin. (Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday that Germany’s energy security for this winter season is “guaranteed” amid Europe’s energy crisis triggered by Russia’s war in Ukraine. 

“It is guaranteed because the German government took a courageous turn in direction and because households and companies across the country save energy,” Scholz told German lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin. 

“Doing nothing would come at a very high price. That’s why we are doing away with the failings of an energy and trade policy that has led us into one-sided dependence on Russia and China in particular,” he added. 

Scholz also said that he shares the goal with French President Emmanuel Macron of a geopolitical Europe that is “significantly more capable of acting.”

12:50 p.m. ET, November 23, 2022

UN Security Council to meet about Ukraine following Zelensky request

From CNN's Richard Roth

The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting Wednesday on Russia's latest strikes across Ukraine on the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.

12:27 p.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Europe's largest cities to donate power generators to Ukraine as part of joint campaign

From CNN's Radina Gigova

Europe's largest cities will donate power generators and transformers to Ukraine as part of a joint campaign. It comes as temperatures begin to drop and Russia continues to attack Ukrainian energy infrastructure.

The “Generators of Hope” initiative, launched Wednesday by European Parliament President Roberta Metsola and Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence and president of Eurocities, a network of more than 200 large European cities, is aimed at providing energy to essential facilities in the country, including hospitals, schools, water supply stations, relief centers, shelters and phone masts. 

“The European Parliament and the EU have shown remarkable solidarity with Ukraine on the humanitarian, military and financial front. Now they need practical support to get through the winter," Metsola said at a press conference Wednesday. "I call on all cities, towns and regions across Europe to join the Generators of Hope campaign."

"As Mayors, my colleagues and I know the importance of local services," Nardella said. "By launching this direct call to action for cities to get together and help Ukraine by donating generators and transformers, we can help ensure that Ukraine’s cities will be able to manage their day to day lives in the best way possible."

"We must act immediately. Winter is upon us, there is no electricity and gas, there is no time to waste," Nardella added. 

Andriy Yermak, head of the Office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who joined the launch virtually, said Ukraine is "proud that Europeans and their institutions" are "standing by Ukraine in responding to Russia's terrorist tactics against Ukrainian civilians.”

12:25 p.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Zelensky requests urgent meeting of UN Security Council over Russia strikes

From CNN’s Yulia Keseiva and Olga Voitovych in Kyiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is requesting an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council following the latest Russian strikes on power-generating infrastructure across Ukraine.

“I have instructed our Ambassador to the UN to request an urgent meeting of UNSC following today’s Russian strikes. Murder of civilians, ruining of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror. Ukraine keeps demanding a resolute response of international community to these crimes,” he said on Twitter.

At least four people were killed in Kyiv in Wednesday’s strikes, according to officials

Zelensky thanked members of the European Parliament for its acknowledgment of Russia as a "state sponsor of terrorism" in a statement following the strikes. He said Russia has “proved to the whole world” that it deserves the classification by “launching 67 missiles at our infrastructure, at our energy industry, at ordinary people.” 

He reassured Ukrainians that power engineers, rescuers and local authorities are hard at work in impacted areas. 

“We will restore all this. We will go through all this, because we are an unbreakable people,” Zelensky said.

12:12 p.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Kyiv residents without power say they'll stay with friends or family tonight

From CNN’s Yulia Keseiva in Kyiv

Kyiv residents who lost power in their homes told CNN they are planning to stay with friends or family tonight as temperatures drop below freezing.

Sofia, 24, a sales manager at a cafe in the city center, said she carries a flashlight, knife and insulated flask with her “at all times” in case of a missile attack.

“My friend in the Osokorky district has power, so I will either go to his place for the night or to my other friend in the Borshchahivka district,” she said.

Tamara, 53, works at a meat market in Lukianivka. She described sheltering in the district’s metro station after air raid sirens sounded on Wednesday and then getting a message to say the power had been knocked out at her house.

“I'm going to stay with my daughter for the night on the east bank of Dnipro [River],” she said. “I saw in the news today that Europe recognized Russia as a terrorist country. This should have been done a long time ago! I hope for them to experience what they do to us! They are inhumane.”

Earlier Wednesday, the European Union Parliament voted in favor to recognize Russia as “a state sponsor of terrorism” in what has been considered a symbolic move.   

The people CNN spoke to declined to give their last names.

1:17 p.m. ET, November 23, 2022

At least 4 dead from Russian strikes in Kyiv region, according to official

From CNN’s Yulia Keseiva in Kyiv

At least four people were killed and 34 injured after a Russian missile strike in the Kyiv region, the head of the region's military administration, Oleksii Kuleba, said in an update.

Five of the injured are children, he said.

Power supply at the sites of the strikes will be repaired in the “coming hours,” he added, urging people not to panic. 

“All services and emergency teams are working at the sites of the strikes. Power engineers have already started to restore power supply. Repair teams are working,” he said. 

All critical infrastructure — including hospitals — are operating on generators, and temporary shelters have been established.

11:40 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Most Ukrainian power plants de-energized after Russian missile strike

From CNN’s Olga Voitovych in Kyiv and Jo Shelley in London

The city centre of Lviv without electricity after critical civil infrastructure was hit by Russian missile attacks on November 23.
The city centre of Lviv without electricity after critical civil infrastructure was hit by Russian missile attacks on November 23. (Pavlo Palamarchuk/Reuters)

The large-scale Russian missile assault on Ukrainian energy infrastructure Wednesday left most power plants de-energized and the vast majority of people without power, Ukraine's Ministry of Energy said in a statement on Facebook.

“Today's missile attack led to temporary de-energization of all nuclear power plants, and most thermal and hydroelectric power plants,” it said. “Power transmission facilities were also damaged. As a result, the vast majority of electricity consumers across the country were de-energized. There are emergency outages. The lack of electricity may affect the availability of heat and water supply.”

Engineers were working to restore the power supply “as soon as possible” but the scale of the damage meant it “will take time,” the ministry said.

11:39 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

EU Parliament website hit by "sophisticated cyberattack" following vote on Russia, president says

From CNN’s Eve Brennan and Chris Liakos 

The European Union Parliament website has been hit by a “sophisticated cyberattack,” the parliament's President Roberta Metsola said Wednesday.  

It came after the parliament earlier Wednesday voted in favor to recognize Russia as “a state sponsor of terrorism,” in what has been considered a symbolic move.   

“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,” Metsola said in a tweet.  

The EU parliament website is currently down and is “impacted from outside,” Jaume Duch, an EU parliament spokesperson, said in a tweet.  

“This traffic is related to a DDOS attack (Distributed Denial of Service) event,” he added.  

It is not clear who is behind the cyberattack.  

11:37 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Russia launched 70 missiles at Ukraine in large-scale attack, according to Ukrainian military

From CNN’s Victoria Butenko in Kyiv 

Fire and rescue workers attend a building hit by a missile on November 23, in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Fire and rescue workers attend a building hit by a missile on November 23, in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Russia launched 70 missiles at Ukraine on Wednesday in its latest “large-scale attack on crucial infrastructure facilities,” the Ukrainian Armed Forces said on Telegram.

Fifty-one of the 70 missiles were intercepted, as well as five attack drones, the military's statement read. 

The missiles were launched from two small missile-carrying ships in — and aircraft over — the Black Sea; from TU-95MS missile carriers in Volgodonsk in southern Russia; and from the Caspian Sea.