Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the UN Security Council to pressure Russia to stop its airstrikes against critical infrastructure in his country.
It follows Russia’s latest attack on Ukraine’s crumbling energy grid, leaving millions without electricity and water. Civilians also died in these missile strikes.
Zelenskyy urged the Council to back a resolution condemning “all forms of energy terror” – but with Russia’s veto it is unlikely to prove effective.
“Energy terror is comparable to the use of weapons of mass destruction. When we have a temperature below zero and tens of millions of people without energy supply, without heating, without water, it is a crime against obvious humanity,” said the Ukrainian. President by video call.
The United States has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “clearly weaponizing the winter to inflict immense suffering on the Ukrainian people”.
The Russian ambassador dismissed what he called “reckless threats and ultimatums” from Ukraine and its supporters in the West.
Meanwhile, the European Parliament reacted to the plight of the Ukrainians.
Its president, Roberta Metsola, has launched a “Generators of Hope” initiative.
The campaign is calling on European cities to donate electric generators and transformers to help Ukrainians weather the harsh winter ahead.
Ukrainian officials believe that Vladimir Putin hopes the misery of power cuts and unheated will reduce support for continuing the war.