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Ukraine: Plumes of smoke mark Lviv's skyline after explosions01:27

Ukraine: Plumes of smoke mark Lviv's skyline after explosions

Ukraine, Lviv
November 15, 2022 at 17:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Smoke was seen rising over the city of Lviv after Ukrainian authorities reported a wave of Russian missile strikes across the country on Tuesday.

Footage shows two large columns of thick black smoke against the skyline, with electricity pylons seen close by. Mayor Andriy Sadovy reported that 80 percent of Lviv was left with no power, and water and heating supplies were also cut off.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that there had been "85 missile strikes on Ukraine, on our cities, mostly on energy infrastructure". He also promised residents that "we will restore everything, we will get through everything."

Kiev, Kharkov, Mykolaiv and other regions also reportedly experienced power outages, with Energy Minister German Galushchenko alleging that it was the "most massive shelling on the power system since the beginning of the war".

Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Andrii Yermak claimed that the attacks were a response to Zelensky’s video address to the G20 summit in Bali on Tuesday, where he called on Western leaders to allow Ukraine to end the conflict on its own terms.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was attending the G20 on behalf of President Vladimir Putin, accused Zelensky of failing to listen to the advice of Western allies, refusing to negotiate and putting forward conditions "that are clearly unrealistic and inadequate".

In September, Zelensky signed a decree stating that Kiev would not enter into talks while Putin remained president. It came after Moscow agreed to allow four regions to join the Russian Federation, citing the results of recent referenda and the right to self-determination, which Kiev and its allies called an annexation.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.

Kiev denounced the Russian action, and Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation.

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Smoke was seen rising over the city of Lviv after Ukrainian authorities reported a wave of Russian missile strikes across the country on Tuesday.

Footage shows two large columns of thick black smoke against the skyline, with electricity pylons seen close by. Mayor Andriy Sadovy reported that 80 percent of Lviv was left with no power, and water and heating supplies were also cut off.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that there had been "85 missile strikes on Ukraine, on our cities, mostly on energy infrastructure". He also promised residents that "we will restore everything, we will get through everything."

Kiev, Kharkov, Mykolaiv and other regions also reportedly experienced power outages, with Energy Minister German Galushchenko alleging that it was the "most massive shelling on the power system since the beginning of the war".

Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Andrii Yermak claimed that the attacks were a response to Zelensky’s video address to the G20 summit in Bali on Tuesday, where he called on Western leaders to allow Ukraine to end the conflict on its own terms.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was attending the G20 on behalf of President Vladimir Putin, accused Zelensky of failing to listen to the advice of Western allies, refusing to negotiate and putting forward conditions "that are clearly unrealistic and inadequate".

In September, Zelensky signed a decree stating that Kiev would not enter into talks while Putin remained president. It came after Moscow agreed to allow four regions to join the Russian Federation, citing the results of recent referenda and the right to self-determination, which Kiev and its allies called an annexation.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.

Kiev denounced the Russian action, and Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation.