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- Russian bombardments on Ukrainian infrastructure on Wednesday left at least ten dead and fifty-one injured, and led to power and water cuts, mainly in the capital, kyiv. According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Moscow fired about seventy cruise missiles at Ukraine, fifty-one of which were shot down, and sent five suicide drones.
- According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, about fifteen regions encountered problems with water and electricity supplies. “The situation with electricity remains difficult in almost all regions. However, we are gradually moving away from the cuts and every hour we are reconnecting the electricity for new consumers”he said.
- French diplomacy announced “strengthen its mobilization for the benefit of the Ukrainian people”. Before detailing his help: “In response to Ukraine’s appeal, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs is currently transporting 100 generators with a power of 50 KW to 100 KW to Romania. These generators will be handed over to the Ukrainian authorities in the coming days. »
- “These acts clearly constitute war crimes”, said French diplomacy. “This systematic targeting of the population as winter approaches reflects a clear Russian desire to make the Ukrainian people suffer, to deprive them of water, heat and electricity to undermine their resilience. »
- French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday that he would have “direct contact” with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, “in the next few days”in particular on Ukrainian civil nuclear power, a source of concern.
- “With temperatures below 0°C, tens of millions of people without energy supply, without heating and without water, this is obviously a crime against humanity”lambasted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a brief statement to the United Nations (UN) Security Council.
- Following these strikes, three nuclear power plants have been “disconnected” of the electrical network, without having any consequences on the level of radiation at this stage. The supply of that of Zaporijia (South), occupied by the Russians, was stopped.
- Moldova, already plagued by major energy problems caused by the war in Ukraine, has been the victim of “massive power outages”lamented his Deputy Prime Minister, Andrei Spînu.
- On the diplomatic front, the European Parliament on Wednesday called Russia a“state promoter of terrorism”, in a vote almost nine months to the day after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began. He also announced that his website had been the target of a cyberattack claimed by a “pro-Kremlin group”.
- The United States announced a new military aid of 400 million dollars to Ukraine for additional weapons, ammunition and air defense equipment. The UK has sent a first Sea King helicopter to Ukraine and plans to provide two more.
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