"war crimes": Attacks on power grid: Ukraine experiences bad night of bombing

Ukraine has had a bad night. Large parts of the country have neither electricity nor heat. The West is appalled.

In Ukraine, technicians frantically tried overnight to repair the country’s badly hit power grid. This was preceded by a massive missile attack of Russia on the energy supply. Late on Wednesday evening, the President’s Office in Kyiv was able to report initial successes. In 15 areas there is partial electricity again, said Deputy Chief Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

Ukraine: Dramatic situation on the ground

In an evening video speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy complained: “The occupiers do everything to make people suffer, so that we don’t even feel or see each other.” He was also connected to a UN Security Council meeting in New York, where he called for Moscow to condemn. Russia must be clearly designated as a terrorist state. He described the attacks on civilians as “a blatant crime against humanity”.

A report by the ZDF “heute” news showed how dramatic the situation on site was. Reporter Henner Hebestreit reported from Mykolayiv, where Russian artillery and rockets had caused severe damage. There was heavy shelling across the country, which “largely ruined the infrastructure in Ukraine.” Nuclear power plants have been taken off the grid.

Hebestreit stood in front of a supermarket in the city for the post, “really the only building that is lit”. An emergency generator provides energy, but it is difficult to pay for it. Credit cards and internet didn’t work.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) condemned the bombing of civilian infrastructure in the Ukraine spicy. “This terror bombing against the civilian population must stop – immediately,” he said in Berlin. On Thursday, the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine lasted exactly nine months: Russian troops invaded the neighboring country on February 24.

Russia’s war against the neighboring country: A dark night in Ukraine

Russia shot down about 70 rockets and drones into Ukraine on Wednesday. According to the Air Force, 51 missiles and 5 drones were intercepted. But the remaining missiles killed ten people and again caused severe damage to Ukraine’s power grid. The country’s nuclear power plants shut down, and most thermal and hydroelectric power plants failed, the Energy Ministry said. Large-scale blackouts occurred.

In the capital Kyiv with its three million inhabitants were according to the mayor Vitaly Klitschko 80 percent of households without electricity and water. Journalists reported that they had never seen the city so dark. The administration wanted to use hand-operated sirens and loudspeakers to warn of possible further air raids in parts of the city without electricity. “The situation in Kyiv is difficult,” said Zelenskyj. “The work lasts all night.” Results are not expected until Thursday morning.

Russia will use the military potential of the Ukraine continue to decimate until Kyiv takes a “realistic stance” on negotiations, Moscow ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebensia said in the Security Council. The attacks on the infrastructure are the answer “to the country being pumped full of Western weapons and the unwise calls for Kyiv to achieve a military victory over Russia”. Ukraine is banking on expelling Russian troops from all occupied territories.

Criticism of Russia’s missile attacks

Chancellor scholz commented on the attacks that Russian President Vladimir Putin was showing once again how ruthless and ruthless he was in this war. “A war he can no longer win on the battlefield, that much seems clear.” He called on Putin to withdraw his troops and agree to peace talks with Ukraine.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron called the attacks on Ukraine’s electricity and water supplies war crimes that should have consequences. Nevertheless, Macron announced that he would soon be in contact with Putin again. The US also condemned the attacks.

At a defense summit of former Soviet republics, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called for a peace deal in Russia’s war against Ukraine. “As for Ukraine, I think the time has come for a collective search for a peace formula,” Tokayev said at the summit of the Russian-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Minister of State for Europe Anna Lührmann (Greens) and Vice-President of the EU Parliament Nicola Beer (FDP) visited the with other European politicians on Wednesday Ukraine. Lührmann announced another 40 million euros in humanitarian aid for the winter. Another five million euros would be spent on Ukrainian schools. Germany will also supply generators.

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Poland proposes German anti-aircraft defenses in western Ukraine

On Wednesday, Poland changed its position on the Berlin proposal for a joint defense of the airspace on NATO’s eastern border. Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak wrote on Twitter that German Patriot air defense systems should not be stationed in Poland, as planned, but in western Ukraine. “This would make it possible to save Ukraine from further casualties and power outages and increase security on our eastern border.”

Last week, a rocket hit the village of Przewodow in eastern Poland, on the border with Ukraine, killing two civilians. The West currently assumes that it is a Ukrainian one anti-aircraft missile was used to defend against attacks by the Russian military. Germany then offered Poland Patriot batteries and Eurofighters to protect NATO’s eastern border.

Repair work on the electricity network Ukraine continue on Thursday. Ukraine is also expecting another ship to pick up grain for transport across the Black Sea. According to the UN, three ships carrying grain left Ukrainian ports on Wednesday. The United Nations and Turkey had made Ukrainian exports possible in coordination with Russia. (pcl/dpa)

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