Kyiv’s critical infrastructure hit by Russian rocket attacks; Ukraine to set up winter shelters



24th November 2022 – (Kyiv) Ukrainian authorities said one person was killed and another was injured in a Russian missile strike on the capital city of Kyiv. CNBC has not been able to independently verify the information.

The Kyiv city military administration said a two-story building was damaged as a result of the hit and officials advised residents to stay in shelters until the air alert ends.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament designated Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.

In a largely symbolic move, European lawmakers said deliberate attacks by the Kremlin’s forces and their proxies against civilians in Ukraine constitute war crimes. Russia denies targeting civilians.

Meanwhile, The International Atomic Energy Agency spoke out for the second time this week about the ‘precarious’ position of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Over the weekend, the plant was damaged by heavy shelling and on Wednesday it was forced to go into “full blackout mode” due to continued Russian missile strikes.

“The latest incident at the ZNPP highlights the increasingly precarious and challenging nuclear safety and security situation at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, coming just a few days after it was repeatedly shelled,” Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said.

Grossi also underscored the need for an off-site power supply to nuclear sites as one of the seven indispensable pillars for nuclear safety during armed conflicts, which Grossi outlined earlier this year. The plant is currently operating as if off-site power has been lost, relying on diesel generators.