Russian Revenge Attack
Vladimir Putin has been known to strike out in anger and launch attacks against civilian targets following military setbacks in Ukraine. It appears he has done it again. According to The New York Times (NYT), Russia fired multiple missiles across Ukraine earlier this week. They caused damage in at least four cities, including the capital of Kyiv, where two residential buildings were struck. Reports on the Telegram social messaging app tell of strikes in Kharkiv, Lviv, and the city of Khmelnytskyi as well. In addition, at least four missiles were shot down over Kyiv.
Ukrainian President Zelensky addressed the G20 Summit of world leaders, calling for Russia’s war against them to end. He stated,
“I want this aggressive Russian war to end justly and on the basis of the UN charter and international law. Ukraine should not be offered to conclude compromises with its conscience, sovereignty, territory, and independence. We respect the rules, and we are people of our word; Ukraine has always been a leader in peacekeeping efforts, and the world has witnessed it. And if Russia says that it supposedly wants to end this war, let it prove it with actions. Apparently, one cannot trust Russia’s words.”
Kyiv is, of course, well acquainted with the proclivities and past actions of Putin and feared there would be a widespread strike on their nation on November 15th or 16th as the G-20 meets in Bali without him. Officials in the Ukrainian Air Force were quoted in CRUX as saying that he “prefers to carry out some kind of provocations around such days.” Add to it the fact that his forces have been forced to leave Kherson, and the attacks were almost a forgone conclusion.