Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that Russia is trying to use the cold this winter as a “weapon of mass destruction”, hitting energy infrastructure.
“The Kremlin wants to turn the cold this winter into a weapon of mass destruction,” Zelensky said in a video message to a meeting of French mayors.
“To survive this winter and to prevent Russia from turning the cold into a tool of terror and subjugation, we need many things,” he added.
He urged the Association of French Mayors to send generators, support for demining operations and equipment for Ukraine’s emergency services and doctors.
“I urge you to be very specific with your help and support our cities and communities against terrorism,” he added.
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The World Health Organization warned on Monday that millions of Ukrainian lives are at risk as the country’s power grid struggles under a barrage of Russian attacks.
Moscow is deliberately targeting energy infrastructure, leaving millions of homes across the country without electricity as temperatures plunge.
“This winter will be a matter of survival,” WHO regional director for Europe Hans Kluge told reporters on Monday, adding that it would be “life-threatening for millions of people in Ukraine.”