KYIV — Russia faces condemnation for the latest wave of targeted missile strikes.of the power grid. A barrage of missiles has plunged much of the capital Kyiv into darkness and killed at least 10 people across the country, according to Ukrainian officials.
Addressing the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of ‘energy terrorism’.
Kyiv was already covered in snow as Vladimir Putin’s military sent the latest salvo of missiles to destroy key infrastructure. Millions of citizens’ homes, businesses and hospitals are now without heat, water or electricity.
Russia appears determined to bomb Ukraine back into the dark ages.
Surgeons at the Keef Heart Institute were left to work without flashlights and running water.
And those caught in the nightmare are the lucky ones who survived. A 17-year-old girl was among those killed when a Russian missile fell from the roof of an apartment building on the outskirts of the capital on Wednesday.
Victoria and her mother Tatiana came home to the building to find what was left, which was practically nothing.
“It’s very difficult,” Victoria cried: “If you see this, please help us. Why are kindergartens, schools and residential buildings attacked? This is not strategic infrastructure.”
Like millions of Ukrainians, they are now facing a long, dark, freezing winter as their country’s last three fully operational nuclear plants have been cut off the grid due to Russian strikes.
Zelensky condemned Moscow, accusing it of “crimes against humanity”.
The director of Ukraine’s largest energy supplier said that the situation is critical.
“People are suffering,” DTEK Executive Director Dmytro Sakhruk told CBS News. “In some cases, people have lost … friends, relatives, children.”
But the businessman said Ukraine’s “spirit is very strong, and the people are ready to suffer,” as he believes the Ukrainian military will liberate the rest of the country from Russian occupation.
They believe Putin’s attacks will backfire, and instead of demoralizing Ukraine, it will strengthen their resolve.
Ukraine’s energy minister has said the country’s operational nuclear plants should be reconnected to the grid by Thursday evening. But it is not included.in the southern region of Zaporizhzhia, which has been repeatedly shelled, and is still held hostage by Russian forces.