Putin: We will continue bombing Ukraine’s energy infrastructure
Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that his forces will continue to bomb energy infrastructure in Ukraine, stressing that his country was not the first to take this approach to the war, while the Kremlin yesterday acknowledged that a “risk” of Ukrainian Attacks insist its locations in Crimea.
“Russia targeted the energy infrastructure in Ukraine, but it was not the initiator of it since the first blows came from those who hit the Crimean bridge,” he added. “The West ignores what Ukraine is doing against Russia, but Moscow’s steps and responses always cause a huge wave of media noise.
For its part, the Kremlin announced that Russia is not currently planning to annex any more Ukrainian lands.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to the Interfax agency, “There is no doubt about that,” but in his opinion, “more work” needs to be done to “liberate” the annexed countries from Ukrainian control, acknowledging the existence a “risk” of Ukrainian attacks took place on its bases in Crimea, which was annexed by Moscow in 2014 and has been the target of several drone strikes in recent weeks, after officials announced the day before yesterday that a drone was shot down near a major Russian naval base.
The latest drone strike came after President Vladimir Putin visited the bridge connecting Crimea to mainland Russia to inspect repair work following the bombing.
Yesterday Russia announced it had shot down a drone over the Black Sea near Sevastopol, the largest city in Crimea and home to a major Russian naval base.
The Russian army used the Crimea region to launch its military operation in Ukraine on February 24, while the peninsula was subject to repeated drone strikes.
In this regard, the European Union announced a ninth package of sanctions against Russia, including restrictions on access to drones, chemicals and technology used for military purposes, Bloomberg News reported yesterday.
The measures, which require the support of all EU member states, were announced hours after Putin warned of an escalation and reiterated that Russia would defend itself “by any means necessary”. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen yesterday proposed the ninth set of EU sanctions against Russia, targeting a further 200 people and limiting its ability to use drones.
Von der Leyen said the targets are members of the Russian armed forces, defense sector companies and individuals involved in attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
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