Moscow: “Attacks on Western arms supply response infrastructure”
Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of “crimes against humanity” after a massive new missile attack caused blackouts across Ukraine. Speaking on video to the United Nations Security Council, the Ukrainian president said Russia’s “formula of terror” had left “millions of people without energy supplies, without heat, without water”. “With temperatures below zero, a clear crime against humanity”, he told the Fifteen, underlining that “whoever instigates this war is blocking any attempt by the Council to carry out its mandate. We must lead the world off this dead end road We need your decisions.”
The latest attacks have killed at least seven people, he added, and nuclear power plants have been shut down. The three plants still under Ukrainian control were disconnected from the grid and the Zaporizhzhia plant – the largest in Europe – was again forced to rely on diesel generators to power its cooling systems and key safety equipment. .
Russia has called the attacks on infrastructure in Ukraine a reaction to the supply of weapons that Western countries are carrying out in Kiev. “We are attacking infrastructure in Ukraine in response to the use of Western weapons and reckless calls by Kiev for a military victory over Russia,” Russia’s representative to the United Nations Vasili Nebenzia told the UN Security Council. “Western countries are trying to establish their geopolitical hegemony for the power and life of Ukrainians,” added the Russian diplomat, specifying that Russia will continue with actions to limit the Ukrainian military potential until Kiev adopts a ” realistic negotiating position”. “For now, what we hear from Zelensky and his associates – he said – is not a proposal for peace at all, but only reckless threats and ultimatums. Ukraine encourages an irresponsible line”.
Russia has no doubts about the success of its special military operation in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Asked whether he agreed that the future of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) depends on the success of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Peskov replied that “we can agree with this, subject to that the future and success of the special operation are not in doubt”.
MASSIVE ATTACKS – Over the past 24 hours, Russian troops have carried out 78 rocket and 23 air strikes and fired more than 70 rockets at Ukrainian troop positions and populated areas. This was reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, specifying that “in the course of a massive attack on residential buildings and energy infrastructure in the Kiev, Vinnytsia, Lviv, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhia, Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, the Russian occupation forces launched 67 cruise missiles and up to 10 Lancet attack UAVs, 51 rockets and 5 drones of the Defense Forces of Ukraine were shot down.”
The General Staff also reported that over the past day units of the Defense Forces repelled the attacks of the invaders in the Andriivka, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Ozaryanivka, Opytne and Yakovlivka areas of the Donetsk region.
Yesterday, Russia launched another massive rocket attack on Kiev and other Ukrainian settlements. According to the authorities, three people were killed in the attack on the capital, including a 17-year-old girl. Another 11 people were injured. According to police, a total of six people died and 36 others were injured.