As Moscow continued its unprecedented efforts to leave millions of Ukrainians without electricity, heat and water during the cold winter months, the European Parliament on Wednesday designated Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” in a symbolic vote, citing “brutal and the inhumanity of that “action” against ordinary citizens.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of the Republic of Ukraine, in a video address to the Security Council of the United Nations, called for a “decisive response” to this murder. “Among us,” he told the council, which included the Russian ambassador, “you have a representative of a country that offers nothing but terror to the world” and should not “participate in any vote on its terror.”
“It’s deadlocked,” Zelensky said at an emergency meeting called by the United States and Albania to discuss the Russian attacks. “We need your decision.”
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions “could not be clearer and colder.” …He decided that if he cannot conquer Ukraine by force, he will try to freeze the country in a state of subjugation.”
But while condemnation of the Russian strikes was widespread, a number of council members from Africa, along with India, China, Brazil and others, expressed concern that nearly a week of crisis talks would not achieve much and called for new diplomacy. to stop fighting.
In addition to what Ukraine’s main grid operator, Ukrenergo, said on its Telegram channel, power was out in “all regions” of the country, the energy ministry said the strike had caused a temporary shutdown of all nuclear power plants under Kyiv’s control. . as in “most hydroelectric and heating stations”.
Power was also cut off in most of neighboring Moldova, where the power grid is connected to Ukraine. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nico Popescu, posted on Twittersaid that he called the Russian ambassador for “explanations”.
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Ukraine’s air force said it shot down 51 of 70 missiles on Wednesday and destroyed five suicide drones. The military office of the city of Kyiv reported that 22 of the 31 missiles fired at the capital were intercepted by air defense systems.
The mayor of Kyiv, Vitaliy Klitschko, also said that the water supply in the city was temporarily cut off, and that many parts of the city were left without electricity by nightfall. Mayor Andrey Sadovy said on his Telegram channel that the attacks also left Lviv, the largest city in western Ukraine, without electricity.
Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to Zelensky, wrote on Twitter that while one is waiting for the results of the World Cup and the number of goals scored, Ukrainians are waiting for another calculation – the number of missiles intercepted by Russia.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted that the bombing had military objectives and would continue until Moscow’s military objectives were met.
An early morning missile strike hit the maternity ward of a hospital in Vilniansk, a town in the Zaporizhia region, killing a 2-day-old baby.
According to Valeria Kroshena, the hospital’s medical director, the missile, which Zelensky said was fired by Russia, hit the hospital at 2 a.m. while a mother was sleeping next to her baby’s crib.
As a result of the strike, the maternity ward on the second floor and the clinic below it were destroyed, and the brick walls of the building fell to the ground. Kroshena said that a doctor who was on duty overnight was also injured in this explosion and is now recovering from severe burns.
According to Kroshena, another doctor who delivered the baby was off duty and rushed to the hospital as soon as he heard the explosion. Kroshena said the doctor knew the only patients in the hospital that night were the mother and her infant son, and he knew exactly where they were. The mother, who is in her 30s, was not injured. Kroshena said that the boy was her fourth child. “It’s impossible,” he said.
On Wednesday afternoon, rescuers used an excavator to excavate what was left of the maternity ward. Some rooms were partially standing and pieces of the ceiling fell on hospital beds and baby cribs. The windows of the neighboring building were shattered by the explosion.
Local authorities said that the missile was a Russian-made S-300.
The strike in Vilniansk, about 20 miles northeast of Zaporozhye, the regional capital, came less than a week after another missile hit an apartment building in the same city, killing 11 people. Zaporizhzhia is one of four regions of Ukraine that Putin claims have been annexed by Russia – in violation of international law.
Despite Putin’s usurpation claims, Russia has not taken the city of Zaporozhye and has retreated from the city of Kherson, the only regional center it has captured since a major offensive began in February.
Two of those killed in the previous strike in Vilniansk were 10 and 15-year-old youths.
Following Russia’s retreat from Kherson, attention has focused on the Zaporizhia region as a potential site for a new Ukrainian offensive, possibly pushing south toward the occupied city of Melitopol and the important Kakhovka hydroelectric power station and dam in Kherson region.
Russian bombers attacked in the shadow of a destroyed bridge on the outskirts of Kherson
Wednesday’s vote by the European Parliament, the EU’s 27-member legislature, reflected continued anger in Brussels and across Europe over Russian aggression and the outbreak of full-scale war on the European continent for the first time in the 21st century.
Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, said that the resolution of the European Parliament on Wednesday is against international laws and no country can be called a terrorist.
“Russia has always opposed the concept of ‘state terrorism,'” Kosachev wrote in a statement posted on Telegram, adding, “The collective West is actively trying to impose the principle of collective responsibility and all “moderate” countries and regimes. punish because there is an alternative point of view and a different model of behavior.”
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In his response to the UN Security Council, Russian Ambassador Vasyl Nebenzya said that Russian attacks were designed to weaken the “military capabilities of our adversaries” and were carried out with “precision”. He accused Western-supplied weapons of being responsible for widespread damage to civilian areas and other civilian areas and chastised the international community, saying the country shared the same concerns about what he described as war crimes in Ukraine. did not
The Pentagon said Wednesday that it will expedite an additional $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, including additional air defenses to counter Russian missile and drone attacks on the country’s civilian infrastructure.
The package includes an undisclosed number of munitions for two NASAMS surface-to-air systems offered by Washington, plus 150 heavy machine guns equipped with thermal sights to help Ukrainian forces identify and shoot down drones. More than 200 generators will be sent from the USA.
Schmidt reported from Vilniansk. Francesca Ebel in London and Karen DeYoung in Washington contributed to this report.