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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11:39 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. 

 

10:49 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

More than 30 missiles flew towards Kyiv on Wednesday, mayor says

From CNN’s Victoria Butenko and Olga Voitovych in Kyiv

Rescuers work at a site of a residential building destroyed by a Russian missile attack in the suburb of Vyshhorod, Kyiv, on November 23.
Rescuers work at a site of a residential building destroyed by a Russian missile attack in the suburb of Vyshhorod, Kyiv, on November 23. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

More than 30 missiles flew towards the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Vitali Klitschko told Ukrainian television.

“According to the military, 31 missiles flew towards Kyiv. Twenty-one missiles were shot down,” he said. 

Some of the missiles hit critical infrastructure facilities, he added.

“Currently, part of the city is without electricity. There is no water supply,” he added. “We are doing everything to restore both the electricity and water supply tonight.” 

The blackouts are affecting businesses in the city. 

CNN's Yulia Kesaieva reports that no shops, cafes or restaurants are open in the Podilskyi district. “There are huge traffic jams and some of the traffic lights are not working. Policemen are coordinating the traffic at the busiest junctions. Some people are waiting next to the entrances to the supermarkets, asking each other if they have power at home, and where to buy bread and hot meals," Kesaieva said.

10:56 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

US will provide $400 million in additional security assistance to Ukraine

From CNN's Sam Fossum and Jeremy Diamond

A High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) moves in the northern Kherson region, Ukraine, on October 29.
A High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) moves in the northern Kherson region, Ukraine, on October 29. (Hannibal Hanschke/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

The US will provide $400 million in additional security assistance to Ukraine, the White House announced Wednesday in a memo.

According to a statement from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the drawdown "includes additional arms, munitions, and air defense equipment from U.S. Department of Defense inventories."

A White House official said that the package has "additional munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS), 150 heavy machine guns with thermal imagery sights to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS); additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), 200 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds," and more.

Total US military assistance for Ukraine amounts to approximately $19.7 billion since the beginning of the Biden administration, Blinken's statement added.  

"We will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes, so it can continue to defend itself and be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table when the time comes," Blinken said.

10:23 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

A teenage girl was among those killed in Wednesday's Russian strikes on Kyiv

From CNN’s Olga Voitovych in Kyiv

A 17-year-old girl was one of three people killed when Russia shelled the Ukrainian capital Kyiv Wednesday, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a post on Telegram. 

“Three people were killed as a result of today's missile shelling of the capital. A 17-year-old girl was among them,” he said. “Eleven residents of the capital were injured. 10 of them were hospitalized in medical facilities in the city. One victim was treated on the scene.” 

10:15 a.m. ET, November 23, 2022

35 Russian prisoners of war were returned from captivity, Moscow says

From CNN's Uliana Pavlova

Thirty-five Russian prisoners of war were exchanged with Ukraine and returned to Russia following negotiations, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“On November 23, as a result of the negotiation process, 35 Russian servicemen were returned from the territory controlled by the Kyiv regime, who were in mortal danger in captivity,” a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

“Aircraft of the military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces will transport the released servicemen to Moscow for treatment and rehabilitation at medical institutions of the Russian Defense Ministry,” it said.

All those released will be given medical and psychological assistance, the Ministry of Defense said. 

Earlier, Denis Pushilin, the leader of the separatist Donetsk region, said on his Telegram channel that Russia and Ukraine conducted a prisoner exchange according to the formula "35 for 35."

“Among our released people there were four from the Donetsk People’s Republic, two from the Luhansk People’s Republic,” he said.

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.