Kyiv under bombing. Upcoming Security Council meeting and Washington approve new aid to Ukraine | news
Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said the Security Council would hold an open session on Ukraine today, Wednesday, adding that today it faced attacks on infrastructure that have seriously exacerbated the energy crisis.
For his part, the representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Sergei Kislitsa said that he had called an emergency Security Council meeting under the pretext of maintaining peace and security in Ukraine, adding that “Today Russia committed a large-scale terrorist attack against civilians Launch missile attacks.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that he had instructed his country’s ambassador to the United Nations to request an urgent Security Council meeting following the Russian attacks on Wednesday.
Zelenskyy added in a tweet that killing civilians and destroying civilian infrastructure are acts of terrorism. He said that Ukraine continues to demand a firm response from the international community to these crimes.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Wednesday that his country has approved additional military aid to Ukraine, which will include $400 million worth of weapons, ammunition and air defense equipment.
“Our artillery ammunition, precision weapons, anti-aircraft missiles and tactical vehicles will better serve Ukraine on the battlefield,” Blinken said in a statement.
And the mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitali Klitschko, announced that Russian attacks on Wednesday evening targeted infrastructure facilities in the city, leading to the disruption of water and electricity supplies.
He said the city must be prepared for the “worst-case scenario” of widespread blackouts in low temperatures, in which case some residents would have to be evacuated, adding: “But we don’t want it to come to that . “
Klitschko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to force people out of Kyiv by launching attacks on civilian infrastructure.
For its part, the military administration in the Ukrainian capital announced that three people were killed and six injured in the Russian bombardment of Kyiv.
TV broadcast interruption
Russian bombing raids also briefly disrupted television broadcasts, cell phone network problems were noted in the capital, sirens sounded across the country, and explosions were reported from the Odessa, Mykolaiv, Poltava and Dnepropetrovsk regions.
For his part, the mayor of Lviv in western Ukraine, Andrei Sadovy, said that “the whole city” was suffering from power outages and warned of possible “problems with the water supply”.
And in neighboring Moldova, authorities said Russian bombing of Ukrainian power plants cut power to half of the country’s cities.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s army said its air defenses today shot down 51 of 70 Russian missiles aimed at the country’s vital infrastructure.
The bombing caused power outages at 3 nuclear power plants, as well as power and water blackouts in Kyiv and other cities.
The World Health Organization said the healthcare system in Ukraine is at war with more than 700 attacks ahead of its darkest days, according to the organization’s warning.
Wagner in Bachmut
In the Bakhmut Axis, a field commander of Russia’s Wagner forces said his forces are fighting what he described as very violent battles and making advances in the city axis in eastern Ukraine.
He made it clear in his statements that his forces are working to expand the area and length of the battlefront with the Ukrainian army around the city.
Pro-Russian Donetsk authorities said Wagner’s troops took part in tank and rocket launcher attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Bakhmut.
Russian forces and their loyal separatists have been trying to take control of the strategic city of Bakhmut since last August.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s General Staff announced that its forces had repelled 11 attempts by Russian forces to advance into Donetsk and Luhansk provinces in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s staff command said Russian forces were shelling the cities of Donetsk and Kharkiv with rockets, and the governor of Ukraine’s Donetsk province said one civilian was killed and eight wounded in a Russian bombing raid on several towns and cities in the province.
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