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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11:12 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Power outages are affecting every region of Ukraine, utility company says

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

Kyiv goes dark after critical civil infrastructure was hit by Russian missile attacks across Ukraine, on November 23.
Kyiv goes dark after critical civil infrastructure was hit by Russian missile attacks across Ukraine, on November 23. (Vladyslav Sodel/Reuters)

There are power outages across every region of Ukraine following a barrage of Russian missile strikes targeting the country’s critical infrastructure on Wednesday afternoon, national power supply company Ukrenergo said in a statement posted to Facebook. 

“The missile attack is still ongoing, but there are already hits on energy infrastructure facilities. Emergency outages are taking place in all regions,” it said. “This is a necessary step to protect power grids from additional technological accidents and maintain the power system. Repair crews together with the units of the State Emergency Service will start repairing the damage immediately after the end of the air alert. But due to the frost and freezing rain in some regions, emergency repair works at the facilities damaged by terrorist missiles may take longer.” 

Ukrenergo advised everyone in Ukraine to make note of locations it described as "points of invincibility," where “electricity, mobile communication and Internet, heating, water and first aid kits” would be available in the event of “significant” interruptions. 

Kyiv regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba said that a residential building in the district of Vyshgorod had been hit, as well as the village of Chabany. More than 20 people were injured, he said.

  

9:02 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

Air raid warning ends in Kyiv

From CNN's Andrew Carey

The air raid warning in Kyiv ended at 3:08 local time (8:08 a.m. ET) after being active for just under two-and-a-half hours. 

Warnings were still in place in six regions of Ukraine, all of them in the north and eastern parts of the country, including Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk.

8:51 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

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 

People carry a body at the scene of a Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on November 23.
People carry a body at the scene of a Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on November 23. (Kyiv Regional Police/AP)

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

The aftermath of a missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine, on November 23.
The aftermath of a missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine, on November 23. (Andriy Nebytov/Telegram)

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 remain in place across Ukraine.

9:52 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

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.