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Zelensky denounces a “crime against humanity” after Russian strikes

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday November 23 denounced before the United Nations Security Council a ” crime against humanity “ perpetrated according to him by Russia which attacked the Ukrainian energy infrastructures.

“With temperatures below zero, several million people without energy supply, without heating and without water, this is obviously a crime against humanity”lambasted Volodymyr Zelensky in a brief statement to the Security Council via video link during an emergency meeting he himself had called for.

Nine months after the Russian invasion of his country on February 24, President Zelensky denounced the “formula of terror” imposed by the armed forces of Moscow.

“Manifest violation of international humanitarian law”

Faced with a powerless UN Security Council, he felt that the international community could not “not to be hostage to an international terrorist (state)”alluding to Moscow’s right of veto which blocks any resolution against Russian aggression in Ukraine.

“The killing of civilians, the destruction of civilian infrastructure are terrorist actions. Ukraine continues to demand a determined response from the international community to these crimes”had written earlier on Twitter the Ukrainian head of state, calling for an emergency meeting of the 15 members of the Security Council.

French Ambassador to the UN Nicolas Rivière described the Russian strikes on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure as “manifest violation of international humanitarian law” and reaffirmed France’s support for Ukraine during this Security Council.

Massive power and water cuts

Russian strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure have led to massive power and water cuts, particularly in the capital kyiv, killing at least six people, causing the disconnection of three nuclear power plants and affecting neighboring Moldova.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia fired around 70 cruise missiles at the country, 51 of which were shot down, along with five suicide bombers. They targeted strategic infrastructure as winter temperatures set in in Ukraine.


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