Kyiv – Russia has faced criticism for its latest wave of missile strikesElectricity Network. Ukrainian officials said the rocket attacks plunged much of the capital, Kiev, into cold darkness and killed at least 10 people across the country.
Speaking at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of “energy terrorism”.
Kyiv was already covered in snow as Vladimir Putin’s military sent its final missile strikes to rain down on key infrastructure. Millions of civilian homes, businesses and hospitals are now without heat, water and electricity.
Russia seems determined to bomb Ukraine back into the Dark Ages.
Surgeons of the Kyiv Heart Institute were allowed to operate with flashlights and without water.
And the people who live the nightmare are the lucky ones who survive. A 17-year-old girl was among those killed when a Russian missile hit the roof of a residential building on the outskirts of the capital on Wednesday.
Victoria and her mother Tatiana arrived at the building to find people coming home, but in fact there was nothing.
“It’s very difficult,” Victoria said through tears, pleading: “If you see this, please help us. Why are kindergartens, schools and residential buildings being attacked? This is not strategic infrastructure.”
Like millions of Ukrainians, they are facing a long, dark, bitterly cold winter as their country’s last three fully operational nuclear plants must be disconnected from the grid due to Russian strikes.
Zelensky condemned Moscow, accusing it of “crimes against humanity”.
The director of Ukraine’s largest energy supplier said that the situation is critical.
“People are suffering,” Dmitri Sakharuk, executive director of DTEK, told CBS News. “In some cases, people… lost friends, relatives, children.”
But the businessman said that Ukraine’s “spirit is very strong and people are ready to suffer” because they believe that the Ukrainian army will liberate the rest of the country from the Russian invaders.
He is convinced that Putin’s strikes will backfire, and instead of demoralizing Ukrainians, they will strengthen their resolve.
Ukraine’s energy minister said that the country’s operating nuclear plants should be reconnected to the grid by Thursday evening. But this is not includedin the southern region of Zaporizhzhya, which has been repeatedly shelled and is still held hostage by Russian forces.