Kyiv, Lviv, Ivano-Vrakivsk, Dnipro, Odessa. one after another , Vladimir Putin’s revenge for the attack on the Crimean bridge hits the cities of Ukraine. A barrage of 83 missiles and 17 kamikaze drones were fired at two-thirds of the country’s regions, at least 14 dead and 97 wounded, destroying strategic infrastructure, mass blackouts, fires, explosions and terror that returned months later to the heart of the capital. . The inferno unleashed by Russia after the attack on the peninsula, a symbol of annexation, in which the tsar publicly accused Kyiv’s services, once again pushed Ukraine into the abyss after weeks of hope for a successful counterattack in the East and South.
“This is the second massive missile attack after February 24 and is probably the largest attack in history in terms of critical energy infrastructure. Now it can be called energy terrorism, the continuation of nuclear terrorism and I am constantly referring to the Zaporizhzhya power plant. It was bombed by the Russians,” said Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastirsky. .
President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced “they are trying to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the earth”, while Putin claimed “large-scale attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure”, calling it a “terrorist organization”, and defending Moscow. He declared that “the goals of the precise raids have been achieved.” Escalation denounced by the West compactly, reaffirming the commitment to stay on Kyiv’s side for as long as needed.
US President Joe Biden pledged to Zelensky to “continue to provide Ukraine with the support it needs to defend itself, including advanced air defense systems.” This was stated by the White House in a note on the phone call. Biden also affirmed his “continued commitment with allies and partners to continue to impose costs on Russia, and to hold Russia accountable for its war crimes and atrocities.”
NATO aims to defeat or weaken Russia. This was stated by Moscow’s ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia at the General Assembly.
US President Joe Biden accused that “these attacks have killed and wounded civilians and destroyed targets without military purpose and demonstrate once again the absolute brutality of Putin’s illegal war.”
For NATO Secretary General Jens stoltenberg, NATO will continue to “support the brave Ukrainian people in their fight against the Kremlin’s aggression for as long as necessary.” French President Emmanuel Macron He saw in the raids “a profound change in the nature of this war,” while Italy said it was “dismayed by the vile missile attacks.” The G7 meeting.
Powerful explosions shake Kyiv
But Moscow is still threatening. For Putin, if Kyiv continues to launch terrorist attacks on Russian soil, the answer will be much tougher. The deputy head of the Russian Security Council said that these bombings are only a “first episode” of revenge Dmitry Medvedev Calling for a “complete dismantling” of Ukrainian political power. Meanwhile, in a constant escalation of tension, after the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, Gazprom announced that in 2015 it had found explosive devices attributed to NATO.
Missiles hit Kyiv, and the explosion destroyed the stadium
In Kyiv, time seems to have gone back To the darkest days of last spring: tall plumes of smoke rose from the center, subway stations returned to emergency shelters for residents amid constant air alerts, and rockets landed on the playing field, near the presidential palace and on a street. Offices of 007, as well as at the visa office of the German embassy, are fortunately empty. The Ukrainian military said the attacks were also carried out by Iranian kamikaze aircraft, partly launched by Belarus, while fears of Minsk’s direct involvement in the conflict are growing again.
Russian raids that hit critical infrastructure in 12 different districts beside Kyiv city, They partially cut off the electricity supply in 15 states, including Lviv, Kiev and Zaporizhia, where the largest nuclear power plant in Europe is located, and are already at risk of accidents. The backlash on Ukraine’s power grids was heavy, forcing to deal with a real “stress test” until late evening, with residents calling for consumption to be reduced to a minimum, leaving electric stoves, boilers, boilers and other homes. devices so as not to burden the demand and threaten the tightness of the system.
All this while announced by the Ministry of Energy Suspension of the insured electricity supply from July to the European Union Due to the damage caused by the missiles to many power plants and substations in the country. Pending a military response to the escalation, Kyiv at the same time put several top Moscow rulers on the list of wanted criminals, from Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev to Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
Putin: Ukraine has become a terrorist organization
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