President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of “crimes in opposition t humanity” after a new missile barrage caused blackouts throughout Ukraine
He. informed the UN Security Council via videolink that the Russian “formula of terror” had forced “millions of people to keep without power supplies, without heating, without water” in sub-zero cold
The. strikes killed at least seven people, Ukraine said
Nuclear. strength plants went off-line
The. three plants nonetheless beneath Ukrainian handle were disconnected from the grid and the Zaporizhzhia plant – Europe’s largest – was forced once more to rely on diesel turbines to strength its cooling systems and key safe practices equipment.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has voiced great concern about the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia plant, which has suffered damage from repeated shelling.
Neighbouring Moldova additionally skilled enormous blackouts on Wednesday, but was not straight hit.
With winter setting in, Moscow has stepped up strikes on Ukraine’s power infrastructure
Officials. say Russia’s missile strikes on strength stations have caused “colossal” damage and left extra than half of the country’s grid in want of fix.
Late on Wednesday Mr Zelensky mentioned the scenario in Kyiv remained “very difficult” and efforts would proceed via the night time to restore electricity.
Mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned at least 80% of the capital’s residents had no strength or operating water.
But Mr Zelensky mentioned some different cities hit by Russian missiles had managed to restore power, together with Lviv, Odesa and Cherkasy
‘Cowardly. and inhumane’
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 strategy that punishes Ukrainian men, ladies and children,” she said
In. the southern Zaporizhzhia region, a. new child baby was killed when a missile hit a maternity unit, emergency prone said
General. Valeriy Zaluzhniy – the commander of Ukraine’s armed forces – mentioned 67 cruise missiles were launched by Moscow, with air defences efficiently intercepting 51.
Russia additionally deployed attack drones again, Ukraine’s army said
Most of Ukraine’s thermal and hydro-electric strength plants were additionally forced to shut down, the power ministry mentioned.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not comment on the assaults in the course of a go to to the Armenian capital Yerevan, but said that the “future and success of the special operation” – Moscow’s time period for its battle in Ukraine – “are beyond doubt”.
Moscow has mentioned that attacking Ukraine’s strength grid may weaken Kyiv’s potential to fight and drive its leaders to the negotiating desk.
Kyiv requested the UN Security Council meeting, and Mr Zelensky urged the UN to do extra to help Ukraine
French. President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that Russia’s strikes in opposition t civilian infrastructure constituted a battle crime, following related comments from the US.
Earlier the European Parliament designated Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” over its attack on Ukraine.
Soon after the parliament. resolution was passed the Strasbourg assembly’s web site went down, simply because of what EU officials described as a denial-of-service attack by “pro-Kremlin” hackers
Blackouts. in Moldova
More than half of Moldova was left without electricity, deputy prime minister Andrei Spinu wrote on Twitter. He mentioned the attack on Ukraine’s power infrastructure had caused a “massive blackout”
Within. a few hours strength was restored in a lot of the capital, Chisinau, the place a third of the Moldovan population lives
Moldova. additionally skilled widespread strength cuts as a result of strikes on Ukraine on 15 November, Mr Spinu mentioned. Mobile networks were additionally badly affected
Energy. coverage analyst Sergiu Tofilat mentioned that as Moldova and Ukraine were connected to the European grid in March, one of the connection points on the strength line between Moldova and neighbouring Romania shut down instantly if Ukraine was hit to guard the system: “We reconnect as soon as Ukraine has assessed the damage”
In. response to the outages, Moldovan President Maia Sandu mentioned Russia had “left Moldova in the dark”.
“Russia’s battle in Ukraine kills people, destroys residential blocks and power infrastructure with missiles,” she wrote on Facebook. “But the electricity supply can be restored. We will remedy the technical difficulties and we will have mild once more. All state institutions are working in this direction”
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