Two explosions were heard in Kyiv after air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine on Tuesday. Missiles also reportedly struck the western city of Lviv and the northeastern city of Kharkiv while other cities reported blasts before electricity cuts.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said two residential buildings were hit.
In a statement on social media, Klitschko wrote, “According to preliminary information, two residential buildings were hit in the Pechersk district. Several missiles were shot down over Kyiv by air defence systems.”
Half of the Ukrainian capital was without electricity following the strikes, Klitschko said. He also said there was at least one casualty in theh latest barrage of missiles to hit the country.
Elsewhere, Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovy asked residents to remain in shelters following “explosions in Lviv” while Kharkhiv mayor Igor Terekhov said a “missile attack” had struck his city and it was unclear if there were casualties.
Officials in multiple cities said Russian missiles struck critical infrastructure, damaging energy facilities and resulting in power outages.
The air raid sirens came hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a video address to leaders of the G20 in Bali.
On Twitter, the head of Zelenskyy’s office, Andriy Yermak, wrote that “a new missile attack” was the Russian response to Zelenskyy’s “powerful speech.”
“Does anyone seriously think that the Kremlin really wants peace?” Yermak asked, adding, instead of peace, “It wants obedience.”
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter, “Russian missiles are killing people and ruining infrastructure across Ukraine right now. This is what Russia has to say on the issue of peace talks.”
Kuleba added, “Stop proposing Ukraine to accept Russian ultimatums! This terror can only be stopped with the strength of our weapons and principles.”