Russia continued on Wednesday its strategy of bombing the infrastructure of Ukraine, causing cuts in the water and electricity supply to several cities, and said she was sure of the “success” of her offensive despite her setbacks in nine months of war. Russia fired “about 70 cruise missiles” at Ukraine and 51 of them were intercepted, the Ukrainian Air Force reported. In addition, “five lancet-type suicide drones were shot down in the south of the country,” she added.
Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyintends to denounce the Russian bombings before an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council called by his country.
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“The killing of civilians and the destruction of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror. Ukraine continues to demand a determined response from the international community to these crimes.”declared when announcing the call.
The bombardments, which left at least six people dead and 36 injured according to Ukrainian authorities, hit the country’s already battered electrical grid and caused the disconnection of three nuclear power plants.
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The Russian shelling comes after a series of Russian pushbacks on the battlefield, including the withdrawal of its troops from the city of Kherson (south).
However, Russia is confident in the outcome of this operation, which began with the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
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“There is not the slightest doubt about the future and the success of the special operation,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, resorting to the terminology with which Moscow refers to the military offensive in Ukraine.
without electricity or water
kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported that “three people” were killed in kyiv, including a 17-year-old girl.
The water supply was suspended in the capital and the regional governor, Oleksi Kuleba, indicated that “the entire region” was without power.
The authorities managed, however, to restore electricity in a part of the city.
In Lviv (west), electricity partially returned late in the afternoon, according to authorities. The country’s second city, Kharkov, in the northeast, was still without electricity.
The shelling was also felt in neighboring Moldova, which reported “massive blackouts across the country.”
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Moscow may be forced to limit its operations in Ukraine in the future as it suffers from a “significant shortage” of ammunition for its artillery.
Washington announced an additional $400 million in aid to Ukraine, which includes “weapons, ammunition and air defense equipment.”
This new support brings total US aid to more than $19 billion since the start of the conflict.
In Vilniansk, in the southern region of Zaporizhzhyaa newborn died in a Russian bombardment against a maternity hospital.
“The enemy decided once again to try to achieve through terror and murder what he could not achieve in nine months,” he denounced. Zelensky on Telegram.
Russia “will have to be held accountable for all the damage it has done to our country,” he added.
Vilnyansk is 45 km from the front line, in the north of the region of Zaporizhzhyamost of which is occupied by Moscow.
The plenary session of the European Parliament approved a resolution that qualifies Russia as a “country promoter of terrorism”.
Despite heavy fighting, especially in the east, Moscow and kyiv continue to exchange prisoners of war.
“Today there was a new exchange with kyiv according to the 35 for 35 formula,” a senior official in the Russian occupation authority, Denis Pushilin, said on Wednesday.