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Russia hit Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure with multiple missile strikes on November 23, with authorities in Kyiv saying three people were killed by a rocket that hit a two-story building, while several Ukrainian regions and neighboring Moldova reported power outages.

“As a result of the attack, a two-storey residential building was damaged. Three people died and six were injured,” the Kyiv military administration said on Telegram.

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Officials said the entire Kyiv region was without electricity, while in the capital the water supply was completely cut off.

The city of Lviv in western Ukraine has been completely without power, Mayor Andriy Sadoviy said.

“The whole city is without electricity. We are awaiting further information from energy experts,” Sadoviy said on social media, warning that there could also be interruptions to the city’s water supply.

Russian missile strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure also caused a massive power outage across Moldova, Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu said.

“Massive power outage in Moldova after today’s Russian attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure,” Spinu said. said on Twitter. “Moldelectrica, TSO (transmission system operator), is working to reconnect more than 50% of the country to electricity.”

The European Parliament, meanwhile, named Russia a state sponsor of terrorism in a symbolic gesture, hours after a missile strike killed a newborn baby in southern Ukraine.

“The deliberate attacks and atrocities perpetrated by the Russian Federation against the Ukrainian civilian population, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law constitute acts of terror,” he said. declared a resolution approved by EU lawmakers said.

The parliament said it “recognizes Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and as a state that uses means of terrorism.”

This decision, which has no legal consequences, was welcomed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Twitter.

“Russia must be isolated at all levels and held accountable in order to end its longstanding policy of terrorism in Ukraine and around the world,” Zelenskiy said. tweeted.

Russian forces have increasingly targeted Ukrainian critical infrastructure in recent weeks as they faced setbacks on the battlefield following their Feb. 24 invasion.

Previously, a missile strike on a maternity hospital killed a newborn in the southern region of Zaporizhzhya, Governor Oleksandr Starukh reported on November 23.

“The enemy has once again decided to try to achieve through terror and murder what it has not been able to achieve for nine months and will not be able to achieve,” Zelenskiy said. said on facebook after the attack on the hospital in Vilnyansk, located 18 kilometers from the regional capital of Zaporizhzhya.

“Instead, he will only be held accountable for all the harm he has brought to our country,” he added.

On the battlefield, Ukrainian forces repelled multiple Russian attacks in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on November 23.

Russia launched an offensive along a stretch of the front line west of the city of Donetsk, using some of the forces it moved after its withdrawal from the city of Kherson to the south.

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“The enemy does not stop shelling the positions of our troops and the settlements near the line of contact [in the Donetsk region]”, said the Ukrainian army.

The Ukrainian army repelled attacks in 11 localities in Donetsk and Luhansk, the army said, including Bilohoryivka, Bakhmut, Kurdyumivka and Severniy, the army said.

“During the past day, the enemy launched five missile attacks on populated areas of Kharkiv and Donetsk regions and carried out some 45 multiple rocket attacks against our troop positions,” he said. he adds.

The Ukrainian army has also said on November 23 that he identified a training center for Russian and Iranian drone operators in Sevastopol, in Russian-occupied Crimea.

“The duration of training for specialized drone operators can be up to three weeks. Currently, about 30 military personnel are being trained,” the military added.

The statement came after the Moscow-based governor of Sevastopol said Russian air defenses repelled a drone attack on a power and heating plant in the city’s Balaklava district.

Mykhaylo Razvozhayev blamed the Ukrainian military for the attacks. The Ukrainian military has not commented on Razvozhayev’s accusations.

The British Ministry of Defense stated in its daily intelligence update November 23 that, since September, Russia has probably launched hundreds of Iranian-made drones against Ukraine.

“Russian commanders likely also wanted Iranian-origin drones to prioritize medical facilities as targets of opportunity, and strike them with guided munitions if identified,” the British intelligence report said.

Russia’s use of drones was most likely intended to compensate for its severe shortage of cruise missiles, the report said, adding that the approach had limited success and most of the drones were neutralized.

Ukrainian forces pushed a counteroffensive into southern Ukraine and earlier this month recaptured Kherson, the capital of the region bordering the peninsula.

With reports from Reuters, AFP and dpa

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