Russia apparently intends to raise before the UN Security Council its baseless accusation that Ukraine plans to use a ‘dirty bomb’ – an explosive weapon designed to disperse radioactive material – on its own soil . Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya, in a letter to the council that was seen by Reuters, urged Western nations “to exert their influence” on Kyiv to prevent what he called a potential “act of nuclear terrorism”. The United States and other Western powers dismissed Russia’s claim as “obviously false”.
Meanwhile, jailed American basketball star Brittney Griner will appeal her nine-year prison sentence on Tuesday for drug trafficking in Russia.
Here is the latest news on the war and its ripple effects around the world.
4. From our correspondents
Russia’s methodical attacks exploit the fragility of Ukraine’s electricity system: Ukrainian and Western intelligence officials suspect that Russia’s relentless and highly strategic strike campaign against Ukraine’s energy grid is being led by power specialists who know which infrastructure to target to cause maximum damage before disaster strikes. winter, the Washington Post’s Michael Birnbaum, David Stern and Emily Rauhala explains.
The effect of the strikes is unbalanced, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, chief executive of Ukrenergo, the country’s main network operator, told The Post. “It is much faster and easier to launch a missile and destroy the equipment or object than to restore it.”
Ukraine has tried to quickly repair damaged infrastructure, but its officials warn that the system’s ability to absorb shocks is compromised with each new attack. Now, faced with the possibility of power outages before winter, some Ukrainians who left the country at the start of the war and recently returned are wondering if they might need to flee again.
Loveday Morris contributed to this report.