December 16, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Kathleen Magramo, Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt and Leinz Vales, CNN

Updated 9:18 p.m. ET, December 16, 2022
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6:42 a.m. ET, December 16, 2022

2 killed in Russian attack on Kryvyi Rih

From CNN's Olga Voitovych in Kyiv

A residential building damaged by a Russian missile in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, on December 16.
A residential building damaged by a Russian missile in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, on December 16. (State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Reuters)

Two people are dead and five others injured following Russian missile strikes on the city of Kryvyi Rih in central Ukraine, a Ukrainian military official said Friday.

Valentyn Reznichenko, head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, said two children were among the injured, and were being treated in hospital.

Earlier Friday, the deputy head of the Ukrainian President's Office said a residential building had been hit in the city, adding that people may be under the rubble.

Russia has waged a series of deadly strikes against Ukraine since October that have damaged the energy system and civilian infrastructure, causing power outages in the freezing winter.

3:31 a.m. ET, December 16, 2022

Power outages on Ukrainian railways after Russian attacks

From CNN's Victorira Butkenko in Kyiv

Russian attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure Friday have knocked out power on a number of railway sections, according to Ukrainian authorities.

The regions impacted include northeastern Kharkiv and central Kirovohrad. Trains in the eastern region of Donetsk and central Dnipropetrovsk are also affected.

Trains will continue to run under backup diesel locomotives, officials said.

3:23 a.m. ET, December 16, 2022

Energy infrastructure hit in east and south of Ukraine, minister says

From CNN's Olga Voitovych in Kyiv

Energy facilities in the east and south of Ukraine have been damaged following Russian missile attacks Friday, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said.

“Another wave of massive Russian shelling of energy infrastructure. The shelling is continuing," he wrote on Telegram.

There will be emergency power outages in some parts of the country, he added. 

Parts of Ukraine are without power on Friday following the Russian strikes, including the cities of Kharkiv and Poltava.

Russia has waged a series of missile and drone attacks against Ukraine since October that have damaged the energy system and civilian infrastructure, causing power outages in the freezing winter.

3:17 a.m. ET, December 16, 2022

3 Kyiv districts hit by Russian missiles, mayor says

From CNN's Olga Voitovych in Kyiv

Three districts in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv have been hit by Russian missiles, Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said on Friday.

They are Holosiivskyi, Dniprovskyi and Desniansky along the eastern edge of the capital.

CNN teams in Kyiv earlier reported hearing explosions, as well as seeing and hearing missiles. They also heard the air defense systems working in the city. 

Parts of Ukraine are without power Friday following a wave of Russian missile attacks that hit multiple cities, including Kyiv, Odesa, Poltava, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv and Sumy.

4:06 a.m. ET, December 16, 2022

Power cuts in Ukrainian cities after Russian missile attacks

From CNN's Olga Voitovych in Kyiv

A police officer stands next to part of a Russian cruise missile shot down by the Ukrainian Air Defence Forces in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, on December 16.
A police officer stands next to part of a Russian cruise missile shot down by the Ukrainian Air Defence Forces in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, on December 16. (Head of the National Police of Kyiv region Andrii Nebytov/Telegram/Reuters)

The Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Poltava are without power on Friday after Russia launched a wave of missile strikes across the country, according to Ukrainian officials.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said “Kharkiv city is without power," but added that some centers were open where residents could warm up and recharge their phones.

Northeastern Kharkiv was Ukraine's second most populous city before Russia's invasion began in February.

In the central city of Poltava, Mayor Oleksandr Mamai said: “Stay calm. We are still without electricity supply.”

Meanwhile, a residential building was hit in the central city of Kryvyi Rih, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian President's Office.

He said “there may be people under the rubble.”

Missile attacks have been reported across Ukraine on Friday, including in Kyiv, Odesa, Zhytomyr and Sumy.

3:17 a.m. ET, December 16, 2022

Russian rockets targeting infrastructure, Ukrainian officials say

From CNN's Sebastian Skukla

Russian rocket attacks targeted critical infrastructure across Ukraine on Friday morning, according to regional officials.

In Kyiv, Mayor Vitaly Klitschko reported explosions in the capital's Desniansky district.

CNN teams in Kyiv earlier reported hearing explosions, as well as seeing and hearing missiles. They also heard the air defense systems working in the Ukrainian capital. 

In northeastern Kharkiv, Oleh Syniehubv, head of the regional military administration, said “critical infrastructure facilities” were hit in Chuhuiv district.

And in the central city of Kryvyi Rih, the head of the city military administration, Olkesandr Vilkul, reported “there are rocket hits.”

Russia has waged a series strikes against Ukraine since October that have damaged the energy system and civilian infrastructure, causing power outages in the freezing winter.

4:10 a.m. ET, December 16, 2022

Missile attacks reported across Ukraine

From CNN staff in Kyiv

Missile attacks have been reported across Ukraine on Friday, including in Kyiv, Odesa, Poltava, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv and Sumy.

CNN teams in Kyiv have reported hearing explosions, as well as seeing and hearing missiles. They also heard the air defense systems working in the Ukrainian capital. 

Earlier Friday, the deputy head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office urged people to stay in shelters as air raid sirens sounded across the country.

3:17 a.m. ET, December 16, 2022

Air raid sirens sound across Ukraine

From CNN’s Sophie Jeong

Kyrylo Tymoshenko meets the press in Borodianka, northern Ukraine on April 16.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko meets the press in Borodianka, northern Ukraine on April 16. (Hennadii Minchenko/Ukrinform/NurPhoto/AP)

Air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine on Friday, according to the deputy head of the Presidential Office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

“Do not ignore the air raid alarm, stay in shelters,” Tymoshenko wrote on Telegram.

Russia has waged a series strikes against Ukraine since October that have damaged the energy system and civilian infrastructure, causing power outages in the freezing winter.

11:13 p.m. ET, December 15, 2022

Analysis: US Patriots could protect Ukraine's power grid

Analysis from CNN's Zachary B. Wolf

Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s power grid are targeting the entire population, casting people into darkness and cold, and pushing the US closer to sending the Patriot missile defense system long sought by Ukraine’s government.

But news, first reported by CNN, that the US is finalizing plans to send the system to Ukraine triggered a cryptic warning from Russia’s US embassy Wednesday of “unpredictable consequences.”

Sending the Patriot missiles would be seen as an escalation by the US, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova added Thursday.

“Earlier, many experts, including those overseas, questioned the rationality of such a step which would lead to an escalation of the conflict and increase the risk of directly dragging the US army into combat,” Zakharova said at a briefing in Moscow.

The Patriot system is expensive and complicated and requires intensive training for the multiple people it takes to operate it, but could help the country guard against Russian attacks that have left millions without power.

Asked Thursday about Russian warnings that the Patriot system would be “provocative,” Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said those comments would not influence US aid to Ukraine.

“I find it ironic and very telling that officials from a country that brutally attacked its neighbor in an illegal and unprovoked invasion … that they would choose to use words like provocative to describe defensive systems that are meant to save lives and protect civilians,” Ryder told reporters.

“Despite Russia’s propaganda to portray themselves as victims, it’s important to remember that Russia is the aggressor here,” he said.

However, he added, “The US is not at war with Russia, and we do not seek conflict. Our focus is on providing Ukraine with the security assistance it needs to defend itself.”

Ryder also said the US would amp up its training of Ukrainian armed forces with exercises in Europe.

Read the full analysis here.