War in Ukraine Live: After Russian missile barrage, kyiv tries to restore electricity to affected areas
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- Russian strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure on Wednesday left at least six dead and thirty-six injured, and led to massive power and water cuts, especially in the capital, kyiv. According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Moscow fired about seventy cruise missiles at Ukraine, fifty-one of which were shot down, and sent five suicide drones.
- “With temperatures below 0°C, tens of millions of people without energy supply, without heating and without water, this is obviously a crime against humanity”lambasted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a brief statement to the United Nations (UN) Security Council.
- Following these strikes, three nuclear power plants have been “disconnected” of the electrical network, without having any consequences on the level of radiation at this stage. The supply of that of Zaporijia (South), occupied by the Russians, was stopped.
- French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday that he would have “direct contact” with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, “in the next few days”in particular on Ukrainian civil nuclear power, a source of concern.
- Moldova, already plagued by major energy problems caused by the war in Ukraine, has itself been the victim of “massive power outages”lamented his Deputy Prime Minister, Andreï Spînu.
- On the diplomatic front, the European Parliament on Wednesday called Russia a“state promoter of terrorism”, in a vote almost nine months to the day after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. He also announced that his website had been the target of a cyberattack claimed by a “pro-Kremlin group”.
- The United States announced a new military aid of 400 million dollars to Ukraine for additional weapons, ammunition and air defense equipment. The UK has sent a first Sea King helicopter to Ukraine and plans to provide two more.
- Despite continued violent fighting, particularly in eastern Ukraine, Moscow and kyiv continue to exchange prisoners of war. “Another exchange took place today with kyiv according to the formula 35 for 35”said Wednesday, the president of the “People’s Republic of Donetsk”, Denis Pushilin.
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