ER Editor: Here’s a two-fer from RT and SouthFront. See also this by Readovka:
Rockets fly in all directions
Today, November 15, after a long break, “retaliation strikes” are being again applied to the territory of Ukraine . It is still unknown what exactly objects were hit, but explosions were heard in a number of areas, including in the west of the country.
Perhaps the “retribution strikes” are caused by today’sPresident of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky at the G20 summit in Indonesia. He repeatedly allowed himself to call the Russians “Rashists” and spoke impartially about the possibility of holding negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow.
It is authentically known that strikes were inflicted on the central regions of Kyiv – most likely, infrastructure facilities were again hit. The authorities confirmed the fact itself, but they are still silent about how it happened that the air defense again did not work as it should.
Massive missile strikes reported across Ukraine
President Vladimir Zelensky says Russia launched 85 projectiles that damaged the country’s energy system
Russia targeted Ukrainian energy infrastructure in a “massive” missile attack, the Ukrainian authorities said on Tuesday.
The attack came less than a day after Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky set conditions for peace talks with Russia that Moscow called “unrealistic and inadequate.”
The Russian forces “launched 85 missile strikes at Ukraine,” Zelensky said in an emergency address on Tuesday evening. His office called the situation in the wake of the attack “critical,” adding that most strikes targeted facilities in the center and north of Ukraine.
The situation in Kiev is particularly hard, according to the deputy head of the presidential administration, Kirill Timoshenko. The Ukrainian energy providers had resorted to emergency power cuts to avoid energy system failures, he added.
According to the local authorities, half of Kiev residents and up to 80% of people living in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv were left without electricity in the wake of the strikes.
Up to nine Ukrainian regions were targeted in the attack, according to the authorities.
Ukraine’s neighbor Moldova was also affected by the strike. Disruptions at the Ukrainian power plants led to a power-line disconnection in Moldova, causing “massive power outages across the country,” the nation’s deputy prime minister Andrei Spinu said on Telegram.
At least one person died in the attack in Kiev as a missile shot down by the Ukrainian air defense systems fell on a residential building in the capital, local emergency services confirmed. The Ukrainian Air Force spokesman said that a total of 100 X-101 and X-555 cruise missiles were launched at Ukraine.
Zelensky warned that further attacks could follow and called on people to stay in shelters.
Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushenko called the missile attack the “most massive shelling of [Ukraine’s] energy system since the beginning of the war.” He also confirmed that both Ukraine and “some of our neighbors” were affected.
Moscow has so far not commented on the development.
On November 15, at about 3 pm local time, an air alert sounded throughout Ukraine. The explosions were reported in almost all regions and cities of the country. Immediately after the attacks, power outages and interruptions of public transport began.
Emergency power outages continue in all regions of the country. Zelensky claimed that Russia fired 90 missiles at the territory of Ukraine, as a result of which the country’s energy system was hit. According to the deputy head of the office, Kirill Tymoshenko, more than 90 missiles were fired at Ukraine, while Ukrainian air defense allegedly shot down 70 of them. In total, 15 energy infrastructure facilities were damaged.
More than 7 million consumers were left without electricity, this is about 20 million people, said Deputy head of the presidential office Kirill Tymoshenko said.
Deputy head of the office of the President of Ukraine Kirill Tymoshenko said that most of the strikes were recorded in the center and in the north of the country. He called the situation with Kiev’s energy supply very difficult.
By the beginning of November, 40% of the energy infrastructure in Ukraine had already been damaged.
The Minister of Energy of Ukraine, German Glushchenko, said that on November 15th, the country had experienced the largest blow to the energy system since the beginning of the Russian special operation.
“This attack may affect not only the energy system of Ukraine, but also the energy systems of some of our neighbors. Strikes are taking place across the entire energy sector of Ukraine: both on generation facilities and on the electricity transmission system,” Glushchenko claimed.
Electricity supplies were disrupted in several districts of Moldova, in particular, in Chisinau, and the Transnistrian region. The Moldovan authorities explained that the reason was the automatic shutdown of the transmission line, through which the country receives energy from Romania.
Ukraine has suspended the pumping of oil through the Druzhba pipeline in the direction of Hungary due to a drop in voltage, the official representative of Transneft Igor Demin said. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban convened the Security Council on the evening of November 15. Before the meeting of the Hungarian Security Council, Hungarian Defense Minister Krysztof Szalai-Bobrownicki held telephone talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
A meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has been urgently launched in Poland, after two missiles hit the territory of Poland amid the attacks in Ukraine.
Earlier on November 15, Polish Radio ZET reported that two rockets fell in the village of Przevodow in the Lublin district, which is located 8 km from the border with Ukraine. The Polish Fire Service clarified that the explosions occurred at a grain dryer, resulting in the death of two people, stressing that the causes of the incident are still unknown.
State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said that the United States is in close contact with the Polish authorities to establish all the details of the explosion that occurred near the borders with Ukraine.
Poland will strengthen air space monitoring together with its allies, Morawiecki said.
Poland has put all services, including special ones, on high alert, he added.
According to the photos from the area, the territory of Poland was likely hit by Ukrainian S300 air defence missiles. However, Warsaw is likely to blame Russia.
The Russian Defense Ministry called the Polish media reports about the fall of two Russian missiles on the territory of the country a “deliberate provocation”. The ministry added that they there were no strikes near the Ukrainian-Polish border, and the debris depicted in the photos in the Polish media is not related to Russian weapons.
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