US says Russia targets Ukraine’s power grid to freeze war-torn nation ‘into submission’

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield has stated that Russia’s missile attacks on Ukrainian power grids are aimed at freezing the war-torn nation “into submission”. She spoke at the security council meeting on attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure on Wednesday, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted on reducing Ukraine’s energy infrastructure to “rubble” as the conflict between Russia drags on. and Ukraine, Newsweek reported.

Meanwhile, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus issued a stern warning that Kyiv must end the war if they “do not want to perish.” Calling for negotiations to end the war in Ukraine, Lukashenko added that the Eastern European nation is at risk of “complete destruction.”

He claimed that the outcome of the war was “in the hands of Ukraine now,” saying that Russian President Putin had warned before starting the special military operation that “(the war) would threaten the loss of the Ukrainian state,” he repeated during a speech. interview with RBC on Thursday.

Russia tries to ‘armalise’ the winter

Calling Russian attacks on the Ukrainian power grid a “cold-blooded” move by President Putin, Linda Thomas-Greenfield said: “Clearly, clearly, he is weaponizing winter to inflict immense suffering on the Ukrainian people.” Furthermore, she accused President Putin of trying to freeze Ukraine into submission if he “cannot take over Ukraine by force”.

Russia has reportedly been carrying out missile attacks on power facilities across Ukraine, causing blackouts and power outages across the country ahead of the region’s infamously harsh winter.

Russia attacked Ukraine’s power grid again on Wednesday, killing three people after the attack struck a building in Kyiv, Ukrainian authorities in the capital told VOA News. This subsequently led to power outages in several cities, including Moldova and Kyiv. According to Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, CEO of the Ukrainian energy company Ukrenegro, the recent strike in Russia destroyed all thermal and hydroelectric power plants in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, addressing the Russian missile attack on its energy infrastructure, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said later on Wednesday that Ukraine will table a resolution condemning “any form of energy terror.”

“It is nonsense that the right of veto is secured for the party waging this war, this criminal war,” Zelenskyy said, referring to Russia’s likely veto of the resolution. In addition, the President of Ukraine invited the United Nations to send experts to examine and assess Ukraine’s critical infrastructure.

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