A new Russian strike has destroyed Ukraine’s already broken power grid, causing blackouts across Ukraine and in neighboring Moldova.President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky told the United Nations it was a “clear crime against humanity”.
Speaking late Wednesday at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Zelensky said: Ukraine Submit a resolution condemning “all forms of energy terrorism”. “It is nonsense to say that the parties waging this war are guaranteed a veto,” he said, referring to the possibility of a Russian veto.
“We cannot be hostages to international terrorists,” Zelensky said.
He also asked the UN to send experts to investigate and assess Ukraine’s critical infrastructure.
“When temperatures drop below freezing and millions of people are without energy, heat or water, this is a clear crime against humanity,” Zelensky told the Security Council via video link. rice field.
This comes as talks between the G7 and other pro-Ukrainian allies to cap Russia’s oil prices reportedly fell back after a meeting between EU officials ended without a deal. It’s for
The price cap for seaborne shipments of Russian oil forms part of a sanctions package intended to punish Moscow by limiting revenues from oil exports. No agreement could be reached on what price should be set.
On Wednesday, the Ukrainian military said: Russian military fired about 70 cruise missiles at targets across the country They also deployed attack drones.
Officials said the attack killed at least seven people and cut three nuclear power plants from the grid.
The country’s energy ministry said supplies to “the majority of electricity consumers” had been cut. The mayor of the capital, Vitali Klitschko, said the whole of Kyiv had lost water. The city administration said water and heat will return to residential buildings on Thursday morning.
Late Wednesday, the deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office said more than a dozen regions, including Kyiv and Lviv and Odessa in the south, had been reconnected to the grid.
Klitschko said 21 of the 31 missiles aimed at Kyiv were shot down before reaching their targets. One of his ten men who evaded the defenses crashed into an apartment complex in Vyshgorod on the northern outskirts of the city, killing three and injuring fifteen.
There was a kindergarten on the first basement floor of the building. The blast left him a three-meter crater in front of the building, destroying the surrounding apartments, blowing off the tops of nearby trees, and ruining a children’s playground.
“It flew right over us. A whistling sound rained down on the building,” said local resident Ruslan Vorona. He and his 8-year-old son, Oleksi, had taken refuge in a tent set up by emergency services, charging their mobile phones.
Another local man, Oleksandr, 28, who does not give his last name, said: Two were silent, one was louder, and his one of the missiles hit me overhead. “
UN Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo told a Security Council meeting that she called on Russia to immediately stop attacks that violate international humanitarian law and stressed that “it must be held accountable for violations of the laws of war”. did.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield said President Vladimir Putin was “arming winter to inflict severe suffering on the people of Ukraine”.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, told the Security Council that Moscow would launch “unlimited arms flows into Ukraine and attacks on infrastructure in response to Kyiv’s reckless appeal to defeat Russia.” said he was going.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the latest series of Russian strikes was a response to the decision by the European Parliament to recognize Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” over its nine-month invasion of Ukraine,27 Day-National EU follows.
“Unable to win a fair fight with the Ukrainian army, Russia is waging a vile terror war against the civilian population,” said Kuleva, urging Western supporters in Kyiv to increase supplies of air defense systems. urged.
Wednesday’s decision by the European Parliament to recognize Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” is a symbolic political step with no legal implications.
Kyiv has been calling for the international community for months to declare Russia a “terrorist state,” but the EU parliament’s decision will likely anger Russia.
The resolution, approved by EU lawmakers, states that “the deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by the Russian Federation against Ukrainian civilians … and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law amount to acts of terrorism.” Stated.
Ukraine applauded the decision, and Zelensky called on Russia to “hold accountable for ending its long-standing policy of terrorism in Ukraine and around the world.”
Reuters and Agence France-Presse contributed to this report