The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyasked its allies on Wednesday to provide it with more air and missile defenses in response to the latest attacks carried out by Russiawhich he accused of trying to destroy the country’s energy infrastructure to make millions of people suffer during the winter.
Zelensky spoke by videoconference at an emergency meeting of the Security Council in the UNrequested by his country after the Russian Army launched a new massive missile attack against kyiv and other Ukrainian cities that left several dead and thirty injured.
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“We need effective and modern air defense and anti-missile systems,” said the Ukrainian president, who demanded a firm response from the international community to “terror” Russian.
Zelensky accused Russia of attacking energy infrastructure to use winter as a weapon against the country’s population, something he described as a “crime against humanity”.
The Ukrainian leader claimed the Security Council a clear condemnation of these tactics and criticized the fact that Russia, a party to the conflict, is allowed to block any action in that body thanks to its right of veto.
“We cannot be hostages of an international terrorist”, he said in reference to the Russian state.
Several countries, led by the United States, made similar claims about recent attacks launched by Russia against power plants and other key infrastructure.
According to the American ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the Russian president, Vladimir PutinIt seems “Determined to reduce Ukraine’s energy facilities to rubble.”
“He has decided that if he cannot take Ukraine by force, he is going to try to freeze the country into surrender.” Thomas-Greenfield said.
The UN warned this Wednesday in this sense that there is a risk of a winter “catastrophic”, with millions of people without electricity, heat, water and other basic services.
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The Russian Army launched on Wednesday a new large-scale missile attack against kyiv and other Ukrainian cities that left several dead and at least thirty injured and hit numerous infrastructures, according to the country’s authorities.
In addition, the Minister of the Interior of UkraineDenys Monastyrskyi, reported that this Wednesday there were three Russian missile attacks on high-rise buildings that have caused ten deaths.