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Zelensky denounces Russian ‘terror’ in address to United Nations Security Council

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Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of “crimes towards humanity” after a brand new missile barrage precipitated blackouts throughout Ukraine.

 

Chatting with  the UN Safety Council through videolink, Zelenskyy mentioned that the Russian “components of terror” had compelled “tens of millions of individuals to remain with out power provides, with out heating, with out water” in sub-zero chilly.

 

The strikes by Russia on Tuesday, November 22 on Ukranian infrastructure killed no less than seven individuals, Ukraine mentioned, as Nuclear energy crops went off-line whilst winter units in.

The three crops nonetheless beneath Ukrainian management had been disconnected from the grid and the Zaporizhzhia plant – Europe’s largest – was compelled once more to depend on diesel turbines to energy its cooling programs and key security tools.

Neighbouring Moldova additionally skilled huge blackouts on Wednesday, however was circuitously hit.

The missile strikes on energy stations have left greater than half of the Ukraine’s energy grid in want of restore.

Late on Wednesday evening, Zelensky mentioned the state of affairs in Kyiv remained “very tough” and efforts would proceed via the evening to revive electrical energy.

 

The US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, mentioned Russian President Vladimir Putin was “weaponising winter” to inflict immense struggling.

“Having struggled on the battlefield, Moscow is now adopting a cowardly and inhumane technique that punishes Ukrainian males, ladies and youngsters,” she mentioned.

 

Common Valeriy Zaluzhniy – the commander of Ukraine’s armed forces – mentioned 67 cruise missiles had been launched by Moscow, with air defences efficiently intercepting 51.

 

Moscow has mentioned that attacking Ukraine’s energy grid might weaken Kyiv’s capacity to combat and drive its leaders to the negotiating desk.

Kyiv requested the UN Safety Council assembly, and Zelensky urged the UN to do extra to assist Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that Russia’s strikes towards civilian infrastructure constituted a struggle crime, following related feedback from the US.

Earlier on Wednesday the European Parliament designated Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” over its assault on Ukraine.

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