The missiles hit residential areas. The shelling also hit the regions of Lviv, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Cherkasy and Poltava, according to the respective local authorities
Putin's forces launched massive shelling
The Russian Armed Forces launched new massive missile attacks on various points in Ukraine, including kyiv, where several residential buildings have been hit, according to the mayor of the capital, Vital Klitschko. The first balance of victims reported at least one death.
“Attack on the capital. According to preliminary information, two residential buildings were hit in the Pechersk district. Several missiles were shot down by the air defense over kyiv,” he wrote in a message on Telegram, quoted by Ukrainska Pravda. The portal adds that residents on the left and right banks confirmed that they had heard explosions in the city.
“Due to a massive missile attack (…), cuts were made of emergency electricity throughout Ukraine. In the capital, at least half of the users are without electricity”, added the mayor.
The Ukrainian authorities had issued an alert this Tuesday afternoon before what appeared to be a new cascade of bombardments by the Russian forces, which have already resorted to these indiscriminate operations on other occasions to attack urban centers and strategic infrastructures.
The shelling has also reached the Chernigov, Cherkasy and Poltava regions, according to the respective local authorities quoted by the UNIAN news agency. The mayors of Lviv and Kharkiv also confirmed shelling in those territories.
From 2:45 p.m. (local time, 12:45 GMT) the aircraft alert for the whole of Ukraine is in effect for possible missile attacks.
Rescue operation on Tuesday in an impacted residential building in kyiv (Reuters)
Klitschko stated in his Telegram account that anti-aircraft defense systems have shot down several Russian projectiles in the area of the capital, if although it has not been possible to establish a provisional balance of personal or material damage.
The last time Russian forces attacked kyiv was almost a month ago, the October 17.
“Russian missiles are killing people and ruining Ukraine's infrastructure right now. This is what Russia has to say about the peace talks,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter. “Stop proposing that Ukraine accept Russian ultimatums! This terror can only be stopped by the force of our weapons and principles, ”he added.
The deputy head of the president's office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said in an online statement that the missiles had been fired by Russian forces. He distributed images of the apparent scene of the attacks, with a fire breaking out of a five-story Soviet-era residential building.
“ The danger has not passed. Stay in the shelters,” he added.
Ukrainian presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak said the attack was a response to President Volodimir Zelensky's speech at the G20, during which he called on the leaders to put pressure on the Kremlin to end its invasion. “Does anyone seriously believe that the Kremlin really wants peace? He wants obedience. But in the end, the terrorists always lose,” Yermak said.
In recent weeks, Russian forces have attacked energy infrastructure across Ukraine, launching barrages of missiles and sending swarms of drones over the capital.
(With information from EFE; AFP)