Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Wednesday, November 16th, 2022.
Ukrainian air defenses intercepted around 80 of the missiles, leaving a minority to successfully hit their targets. Both critical infrastructure – namely power generation and distribution – and residential houses were hit. In Kyiv, missiles struck three residential buildings in the city’s Pechersk district, killing at least one person.
- The missiles caused power disruptions in many locales, including Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, and others. Power was even affected in nearby Moldova.
- One or two of those missiles is believed to have been the cause of an explosion in the Polish border village of Przewodow, Lublin district, 20 km from the Ukrainian border, which killed two people.
The Polish government immediately called for a session of that country’s National Security and Defense Affairs committee. “Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called as a matter of urgency the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security and Defense Affairs,” government spokesperson Piotr Muller said. The event is under investigation.
- The missile attack coincides with the first day of the G20 leaders-level summit in Bali, Indonesia, where President Zelenskyy delivered a powerful peace plan via video link.
Zelenskyy stated that if Russia did not accept the plan, it would demonstrate that it only wants war. In each of the plan’s ten points, Zelenskyy emphasized how Russia was responsible for the war in Ukraine. He said each step of his plan could be implemented in a month. The points include radiation and nuclear safety, punishment for war crimes, and restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
- “Does anyone seriously think that the Kremlin really wants peace?” asked presidential chief-of-staff Andriy Yermak after the missile attack.
- The IAEA will be dispatching monitoring missions to all of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, at Kyiv’s request.
“Following a request from Ukraine, an agreement has been reached between the government and the IAEA to dispatch teams of Agency nuclear safety and security experts to the South Ukraine, Khmelnytskyi, and Rivne Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs),” the agency said in a statement.
- Former Ukrainian MP Oleksandr Hranovskyi has been put on the wanted list by Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau.
According to NABU, Hranovskyi is suspected of organizing a corrupt scheme at Odesa Port Plant (OPP) (99.57% owned by the state), resulting in the OPP failing to receive about UAH 93.3 million ($2.5 million). According to a NABU press release, under the scheme, the OPP sold mineral fertilizers to a predetermined company at discounted prices, after which this enterprise resold the products to foreign companies at the market price.
Specifically, Ukrainian troops are inching their ways towards the towns of Rubizhne and Kreminna, according to regional governor Serhiy Hayday. He said the residents can already "hear" the forward movement of the Ukrainian army, referring to the sounds of artillery and fighting.
- The abbot of the monastery of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra has denied that his congregation sung a song in praise of Russia during church services.
While video of certain participants in the services singing the pro-Russian song can be found on the internet, the abbot claims that the song was not ‘liturgical’, and that the priest responsible for overseeing liturgy during that period has been banned from serving the liturgy.
The head of Ukraine’s national police stated that up to 500 policemen are working in the city of Kherson now, and another 300 in the liberated part of the region on the western bank of the Dnipro River. They are also working with the SBU to expose sabotage groups and networks throughout Ukrainian-controlled territory, he added.