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Russian airstrikes on Ukraine are ‘state terrorism’ – DW – 11/24/2022

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Russia’s continued airstrikes on Ukrainian cities and infrastructure amount to “state terrorism,” according to Germany’s Deputy Minister for European Affairs Anna Rahmann.

Rühlmann visited the country on Wednesday as part of a delegation of seven high-ranking European ministers.

“It’s shocking to see with your own eyes what’s going on here in Kyiv,” Lührmann told DW’s Nick Connolly in the Ukrainian capital.

“Our Ukrainian host took us to one of the bomb sites. Three innocent people lost their lives. It all depends on the terrorism of the Russian state. It’s very disturbing what’s happening here a few hours away.”

Ruhrmann is one of three delegates under Foreign Minister Annalena Beerbok.

Her comments came on the same day European Union lawmakers voted to designate Russia a “state sponsor” of terrorism.

The designation is largely a symbolic act, as the EU does not have a specific legal framework to back it.

Russian airstrikes against Ukraine

In recent weeks, Russia has stepped up its attacks on civilian infrastructure across Ukraine. This left millions without access to heating and caused widespread blackouts as winter approached.

State power company Uklenergo said the damage to its facilities was “extreme” and President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of using the cold as a “weapon of mass destruction”.

Zelensky told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that Russia had launched about 70 missiles on Wednesday alone, hitting hospitals, schools, infrastructure and residential areas.

Russian attack paralyzes Ukraine’s power grid

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How is Europe helping Ukraine?

In response to this imminent crisis, Ukraine’s European allies pledged aid to Kyiv.

“It’s clear that Putin wants Ukraine to be cold and dark this winter,” Luhrmann said.

“Ukrainians face all this with courage. We are here to help meet these challenges, not only with words of encouragement, but also with actions.”

In Kyiv, she announced additional aid to Ukraine worth €55 million ($57.3 million), including a generator that is due to arrive in Ukraine in the coming days.

“Ukraine has our full solidarity,” added Lührmann. “I believe that Ukraine is not the only one who will benefit from joining the EU. With Ukraine joining, the EU will be a better place.”

Interviewer: Nick Connolly

Editing: Rob Turner

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