A barrage of Russian missiles forced six nuclear power plants to shut down at a time when Ukraine’s power infrastructure was already severely damaged, threatening Ukrainians with blackouts and a cold winter.
Russia stepped up its offensive on Wednesday, targeting and destroying critical facilities, including energy infrastructure, that led to Ukraine’s worst blackout to date.
More than 65% of the capital Kyiv was without power as of Thursday morning, according to Reuters.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the UN Security Council to take action against Russia to stop the strike.
“It’s only one day today, but we’ve received 70 missiles. That’s the Russian terror formula,” Zelensky told a board meeting in New York via video link. RFE/RLadded that Ukraine was waiting for a “very firm response” from the world.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations has claimed that Ukraine’s own air defense missiles supplied by the West have hit critical infrastructure.
One of the nuclear plants damaged in the barrage of new attacks is the infamous Zaporizhye nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, which Russia had occupied in the early stages of what Moscow called a special military operation. .
Ukraine claimed that the Russians were shelling plants they owned, to which the Russians responded with artillery rebuttals that eventually led to a visit to the plant by International Atomic Energy Agency officials.IAEA). Bombardment of the plant had subsided before it resumed this week and went into full blackout mode.
Increased Russian airstrikes against Ukraine’s critical infrastructure have forced Moscow to withdraw from the city of Kherson, the only provincial capital it has been able to capture and hold since it launched its invasion in late February. It happened later.
By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com
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