Putin’s chilling one-word warning after terrifying strike blackout hits 200,000 | World | News

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Putin’s chilling one-word warning after terrifying strike blackout hits 200,000 | World | News

Vladimir Putin insisted that Russia was « obliged » to launch strikes on Ukrainian energy sites. The repeated attacks on civilian power stations have sparked outrage from Ukraine‘s allies.

Speaking to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, President Putin argued that the attacks were only in response to Kyiv’s attacks on Russian targets.

He told his Belarusian counterpart: « Unfortunately, we observed a series of strikes on our energy sites recently and were obliged to respond. »

The Russian leader added that the attacks on Ukraine‘s energy infrastructure were part of Russia‘s aim of « demilitarising » Ukraine as the attacks affected Kyiv’s military industry.

President Putin claimed that Russia avoided attacking these targets in the winter « out of humanitarian considerations ».

He explained: « What I mean is that we didn’t want to leave social institutions without power – hospitals and the like. But after a series of attacks on our power facilities, we had to respond. »

This comes as a major Russian blitz on Ukraine‘s energy system left 200,000 people in the country without power.

Ukraine‘s national grid operator Ukrenergo said power substations and generating facilities in five regions were damaged.

Around 40 missiles and 40 drones were part of the overnight attack on Thursday.

A major power plant near Kyiv, which was completely destroyed by Russian missiles, was one of those targeted in the attacks.

Trypillya power plant had been the largest electricity provider for three regions, including Kyiv.

Centrenergo chairman Andriy Hota said: « The scale of destruction is terrifying.

Residents were urged to shut their windows, charge all their devices and stock up on water.

This comes as the war on the battlefield tips towards Russia, prompting concern that they might be able to break through the frontline stalemate.

Despite losing thousands of troops and hundreds of vehicles in recent battles, Russia is still massing forces for further offensives.

Ukraine‘s DTEK power company blasted the strikes on « purely civilian power stations ».

They said: « Attack by attack, Russia is trying to strangle Ukraine‘s energy system and with it our hard-won freedom. »

Cet article est apparu en premier sur https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1887584/Vladimir-Putin-Ukraine-Russia-war-warning


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