Ukraine: Escalating attacks across the country, Flash Update No.6 (15 Nov 2022) – Ukraine

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STRONG POINTS

  • Millions of people in Ukraine today are without electricity, water or heating following a wave of missile attacks that hit critical infrastructure in at least 16 of the country’s 24 regions and in the capital Kyiv.

  • The new wave of missile attacks – the largest against energy infrastructure since the start of the war according to the Department of Energy – has also caused widespread delays to trains across the country and left millions without telecommunications.

  • In the capital Kyiv, authorities said many houses were destroyed in the center of the city, just a few kilometers from government and United Nations offices, leaving an unconfirmed number of people killed and injured.

  • The damage to civilian infrastructure comes at a critical time when the temperature is dropping below freezing, raising fears of a serious humanitarian crisis during Ukraine’s harsh winter if people cannot heat their homes.

  • Humanitarians in Ukraine are working around the clock to help people get supplies in the winter, including providing heating systems to centers hosting people displaced by the war.

OVERVIEW

Millions of people in Ukraine today are without electricity, water or heat, following a wave of missile attacks that hit critical infrastructure in at least 16 of the country’s 24 regions and in the capital Kyiv . According to the Ukrainian government and air force, around 100 missiles were launched at the country this afternoon, mainly targeting energy infrastructure but also leaving civilians injured or killed and homes destroyed in the capital Kyiv. The new wave of attacks on Ukraine comes just hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy spoke to the G-20, calling on the group to back his end-of-war plan, and a day after his first visit to Kherson, D where Russia withdrew its troops last week. Kherson and dozens of other towns and villages in this southern region of the country had been under Russian control since the first weeks of the war in early March.

The new wave of missile attacks – the largest against energy infrastructure since the start of the war according to the Department of Energy – has caused widespread delays to trains across the country and left millions without telecommunications . The power cuts affect between 80 and 90% of the inhabitants of regions such as western Ternopil or Lviv and affect water pumping systems in the western region of Ivano-Frankivska and in the eastern region of Kharkiv. Residents of other regions and cities across the country face similar challenges. The damage to civilian infrastructure comes at a critical time when the temperature is dropping below freezing, raising fears of a serious humanitarian crisis during Ukraine’s harsh winter if people cannot heat their homes.

In the capital Kyiv and across the region, authorities said many houses were destroyed in the center of the city, just a few kilometers from government and United Nations offices, leaving an unconfirmed number of people killed. and injured. Rescue and search operations are still ongoing. Emergency power cuts have been instituted in the capital, where the population has already faced regular blackouts since the wave of attacks on energy in Ukraine began on October 10.

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
To learn more about OCHA’s activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.
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