Moldova experiencing blackout as Russian missiles target infrastructure in Ukraine
From CNN's Chris Liakos
Moldova is suffering a “massive blackout,” following a fresh wave of Russian missiles targeting critical infrastructure in Ukraine, Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Andrei Spinu said Wednesday.
He added that the country’s transmission operator, Moldelectrica, “is working to reconnect more than 50% of the country to electricity.”
Last week, Moldova similarly suffered power cuts after Ukrainian energy facilities were targeted. Spinu had warned last week that the risks of power cuts remain high and that the Russian aggression against Ukraine “directly affects” Moldova.
8:47 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022
Water supply suspended in Kyiv, mayor says
From CNN’s Olga Voitovych in Kyiv
The water supply in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv has been suspended after shelling in the region, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a post on Telegram.
Klitschko asked residents to “stock up on water” while experts tried to “return water to the homes of Kyiv residents.”
Engineers were also working to restore power supply, Klitschko said. Parts of the city are without power after Moscow reportedly targeted infrastructure facilities in the region, the country’s biggest energy supplier, Yasno, said in a statement earlier Wednesday.
8:51 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022
Russian strikes kill at least 3 in Kyiv, city administration says
From CNN’s Andrew Carey and Victoria Butenko in Kyiv
At least three people have been killed and six were injured after a Russian missile strike in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, the city administration reported in a post on Telegram.
The strike in the capital comes amid ongoing attacks from Russia targeting critical energy infrastructure across the country.
8:34 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022
Power outages in Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa region after reported strikes on critical infrastructure
From CNN’s Olga Voitovych and Victoria Butenko in Kyiv and Jo Shelley in London
There are power outages in parts of Ukraine after reported strikes on critical infrastructure.
Emergency power cuts have been introduced in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv after strikes on infrastructure facilities in the region, according to the country’s biggest energy supplier, Yasno.
“The outage schedules are temporarily out of order until the situation is stabilized,” it said in a statement.
In southern Ukraine, the entire Odesa region is without electricity, the regional state administration's Maksym Marchenko said on Telegram.
“Due to the massive missile strike on the energy infrastructure of Ukraine, there is temporarily no electricity supply in Odesa region and other regions of Ukraine,” he said.
Problems were reported as far west as Lviv.
“The whole city is without electricity,” Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said. “We are waiting for more information from the energy specialists. There may be interruptions in water supply. Stay in shelters.”
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Head of the Office of President of Ukraine, said on Twitter that, “a new massive attack on [Ukrainian] infrastructure facilities is underway.”
8:26 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022
Infrastructure facility in Kyiv hit, residents told to stay in shelters
From CNN’s Olga Voitovych in Kyiv and Jo Shelley in London
An infrastructure facility in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv was hit on Wednesday afternoon, according to the mayor of the city.
“One of the infrastructure facilities of the capital was hit,” Vitalii Klitschko said on Telegram, warning residents to stay in air raid shelters.
Ukrainian air defense systems were "working in the region," according to Oleksii Kuleba, the governor of the wider Kyiv region.
The strike in the capital comes amid ongoing attacks from Russia targeting critical energy infrastructure across the country which have left millions without access to power or heat.
Air raid warnings issued across Ukraine, with a "lot of missiles" in the air
From CNN’s Olga Voitovych in Kyiv
Air raid warnings have been issued across Ukraine.
"There are a lot of missiles. From the south and from the east," Vitalii Kim, head of the Mykolaiv region military administration, said on Telegram. "The air defense is working."
The conflict has escalated in southern and eastern regions of Ukraine in recent days, with local officials citing "massive shelling" in towns and villages on the eastern front line of the Donetsk region.
Further south, Russian shelling on a maternity ward in Zaporizhzhia killed a newborn baby in a devastating attack Wednesday.
CNN's Jo Shelley contributed reporting to this post.
7:48 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022
It's mid-afternoon in Kyiv. Here's what you need to know.
From CNN staff
A two-day-old baby was killed in a Russian missile strike on a maternity ward in southeastern Ukraine, amid ongoing assaults from Moscow on critical civilian infrastructure.
The mayor of Kyiv said the city was braced for the "worst winter" since World War II, following repeated Russian strikes on energy systems which have left millions nationwide without power.
Here are the latest developments:
Strikes devastate Zaporizhzhia hospital: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned Moscow's strike Wednesday on a maternity ward in Vilnyansk that killed a newborn baby, while the child's mother and doctor were rescued. "The terrorist state continues to fight against civilians and civilian objects," Zelensky said, referring to Russia. Further north, two people died in Russian shelling overnight in Kharkiv.
Ukrainian power grid takes a hit: Vitali Klitschko said Kyiv is preparing "for the worst scenario" this winter as widespread power cuts and falling temperatures affect residents nationwide. Ukraine's state energy operator has said that a Russian attack last week on the country's power grid caused “colossal” damage."
Russia declared "state sponsor of terrorism": In a symbolic move Wednesday, the European Parliament recognized Russia “as a state sponsor of terrorism and as a state which uses means of terrorism" in a non-binding resolution, calling on the European Union “to further isolate Russia internationally.”
Gazprom to stem Europe gas supply: Russian energy giant Gazprom said it will reduce natural gas supply to Europe as of next Monday by pinching flow to a pipeline that runs through Ukraine. Europe has raced to replenish its stocks this year ahead of winter as Russia dramatically cut its flows of pipeline gas.
UK to send helicopters to Ukraine: Britain has completed its first delivery of helicopters to Ukraine and has promised an additional 10,000 artillery rounds, the country's defense ministry announced Wednesday. The Sea King helicopters will “provide key search and rescue capabilities," according to the ministry's statement.
7:31 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022
European Parliament declares Russia to be “state sponsor of terrorism”
From CNN's Chris Liakos and Eve Brennan
In a symbolic move Wednesday, lawmakers in the European Parliament recognised Russia “as a state sponsor of terrorism and as a state which uses means of terrorism,” calling on the European Union “to further isolate Russia internationally.”
The EU Parliament made the decision in light of “the deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by Russian forces and their proxies against civilians in Ukraine, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of international and humanitarian law,” which “amount to acts of terror and constitute war crimes," according to a press release.
“As the EU currently cannot officially designate states as sponsors of terrorism, Parliament calls on the EU and its member states to put in place the proper legal framework and consider adding Russia to such a list,” the press release said.
The non-binding resolution was adopted with 494 votes in favour, 58 against with 44 abstentions, the press release added.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the decision.
“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 tweeted.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also on Twitter thanked the European Parliament “for the clear stance.”
CNN has reached out to the Russian authorities for comment.
7:29 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022
Kyiv mayor says city faces “worst winter” since World War II
From CNN’s Stephanie Halasz
The Ukrainian capital of Kyiv is braced for the “worst winter since the Second World War,” according to the mayor of the city.
Vitali Klitschko told Germany’s Bild newspaper that his administration was working to avoid widespread power cuts, which could result in some areas having to be evacuated.
We must also prepare for the worst scenario," Klitschko said in an interview published Tuesday.
"That would be if there were widespread power cuts and the temperatures were even colder.
“Then parts of the city would have to be evacuated, but we don't want it to come to that!"
Ukrainian energy suppliers were forced to impose additional blackouts earlier this week after a recent onslaught of Russian strikes targeting critical infrastructure wiped out much of the country's power supply.
More than 10 million Ukrainians had no power following the attacks from Moscow's forces.
Russia has been accused of deliberately targeting Ukraine’s civilian power grid in an effort to leave the civilian population without electricity and heat — an act that would amount to a war crime. A senior US State Department official said Monday that a consistent pattern of Russian attacks on civilian elements in Ukraine was "deeply troubling."