Russia, which has been declared a “terrorist state” by EU lawmakers, is hitting Ukraine’s network

Zelensky told the UN that without heat, without water, this is a clear crime against humanity.

Kyiv:

The new Russian strikes hit Ukraine’s already crippled power grid, causing blackouts in the war-torn country and neighboring Moldova, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the UN was a “clear crime against humanity”.

Ukraine’s power system is in shambles and millions of people are without power after weeks of Russian bombardment, with the World Health Organization (WHO) warning that the country’s priority this winter will be “survival”.

Ukraine’s military said Russian forces fired about 70 cruise missiles at targets inside the country on Wednesday and also deployed attack drones.

The strikes put pressure on Ukraine’s electricity grid, stopped power supply in the southern and eastern regions, and cut off water and electricity in the capital, Kyiv.

“When we have sub-zero temperatures and millions of people are without power, heat and water, this is a clear crime against humanity,” Zelenskiy told the UN Security Council via video link on Wednesday.

The strikes killed several people and shut down three nuclear power plants, officials said.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that the latest Russian salvo is a response to the decision of the European Parliament to recognize Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” for its nine-month occupation of Ukraine and a call to the 27-nation EU. follow.

France’s ambassador to the UN called Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s energy system “a clear violation of humanitarian laws.”

“The goal is clear: to sow terror in the face of military defeats,” Nicolas de Riviere told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. “The continuation of these repressions is intolerable.”

– Burnt cars, corpses –

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote in Telegram that 3 people, including a 17-year-old girl, were killed and 11 residents were injured during the attacks in the capital.

AFP correspondents at the scene of an attack in Kiev saw the burned remains of two cars and the bodies of two people who died in the explosion.

Russia has systematically targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, causing serious damage to nearly half of the country’s energy facilities.

WHO has warned that as a result, winter will threaten the lives of millions of people.

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said that half of the western city was left without electricity.

Neighboring Moldova said the rocket attack caused mass blackouts, and its EU-friendly president Maia Sandu accused Russia of leaving her country “in the dark.”

Ukraine’s nuclear power operator Energoatom said on Wednesday it had taken all three nuclear power plants still under Ukrainian control off the grid and forced the plant in Zaporozhye, controlled by Russian forces, to use backup generators as a result of the strikes.

– ‘Sadness fills our hearts’

On Wednesday, Russian airstrikes in Zaporozhye destroyed a hospital in the city of Vilnius, and a newborn baby died in the maternity hospital.

Emergency services showed that a woman and a doctor in the building survived, while official footage showed workers wearing protective helmets trying to pull out a man trapped up to his waist under the rubble.

“Sadness fills our hearts,” said Oleksandr Starukh, head of the Zaporozhye region, after the attack.

Vilniansk is about 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the front line and was targeted in last week’s Russian strikes that killed 10 people.

Moscow claimed to have annexed Zaporozhye along with three other regions of Ukraine last month, despite not having full control of the territory.

During his visit to Armenia on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he believes that the Kremlin’s attack in Ukraine will be “successful”.

The governor said that two people were killed as a result of the Russian attack on a residential building and a clinic in Kharkiv region.

– “Attacks and atrocities” –

The WHO said this week that more than 700 attacks on Ukrainian health facilities have been reported since the Russian invasion began in February.

European lawmakers’ Wednesday recognition of Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” is a symbolic political move with no legal consequences.

Kyiv has been urging the international community to declare Russia a “terrorist state” for months, and the Strasbourg parliament’s decision is likely to anger Moscow.

The resolution approved by EU lawmakers states that “deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by the Russian Federation against the civilian population of Ukraine… and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law amount to acts of terrorism.”

Ukraine praised the decision, Zelensky called on Russia “to take responsibility for ending the long-standing policy of terrorism in Ukraine and around the world.”

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