Russia launches heavy airstrikes across Ukraine as G20 leaders meet – POLITICO

Moscow stepped up its aerial bombardment of Ukraine on Tuesday as a G20 meeting in Bali moved toward a resolution condemning the Russian invasion.

In recent weeks, Moscow has targeted basic energy infrastructure and other public services in a bid to shatter Ukrainian morale ahead of winter, partly in response to major battlefield failures. The Russians’ loss of the southern city of Kherson is the latest defeat that is now pushing Moscow back into deadly attacks on civilian targets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s chief of staff Andriy Yermak wrote about Twitter that Putin was launching missiles in response to a speech in which Zelenskyy pointedly referred to the G20 as the G19, denying the legitimacy of Russia’s place at the table.

“Russia is responding to Zelenskyy’s powerful speech at the G20 with another missile attack,” he said.

Kyiv expected a Russian escalation in the meeting of leaders of the 20 major economies. A representative of the Air Force Command, Yuri Ignat, told Ukrainian media over the weekend: “They love to do provocations on those days.”

Air alerts were reported in all parts of the country except for Russian-occupied Crimea.

Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko said three residential buildings were hit in the capital and the mayors of Lviv, Kharkov and Rivne reported partial power outages.

Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs wrote on Twitter that the attacks were a sign that Russia was not sincerely interested in peace talks.

“Russian missiles are killing people and destroying infrastructure across Ukraine right now. This is what Russia has to say on the issue of peace talks. Stop offering Ukraine to accept ultimatums This terror can only be stopped with the strength of our weapons and our principles,” he said.


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