Updated Nov 15, 2022, 10:07am EST

Russia attacks Kyiv after Zelenskyy’s address to G20

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Russia launched an attack on Kyiv, with at least two explosions recorded in Ukraine’s capital Tuesday, as world leaders condemned the war at the G20 summit. It is the first attack on the city in two weeks.

Firefighters work to put out a fire in a residential building hit by a Russian strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine November 15, 2022.
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The Kyiv Independent reported that at least two apartment buildings in the city were hit by missiles, citing Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko. Lviv and Kharkiv are also under attack, local media reported, and power outages have been recorded. At least 11 of Ukraine’s 24 regions were reportedly hit by missiles Tuesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed delegates at the Group of 20 summit earlier Tuesday, referring to it repeatedly as the “G19” as a snub to Russia.

On Twitter, his chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, linked the fresh attack on Kyiv to Zelenskyy’s “powerful” speech. “Does anyone seriously think that the Kremlin really wants peace? It wants obedience. But at the end of the day, terrorists always lose,” Yermak wrote.

Earlier Thursday, G20 leaders drafted a declaration largely condemning the war in Ukraine, its humanitarian fallout, and the impact it has had on global food supplies.

Russia has criticized the declaration as “politicization.”