(Bloomberg) — Ukraine was still recovering from a barrage of Russian missile strikes that hit its energy facilities and prompted the grid operator to halt three nuclear power plants and enact emergency blackouts amid below-zero temperatures.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 70% of the capital is still without electricity, while water supply has been restored on the city’s left bank.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed the United Nations Security Council after Russia launched its latest massive missile assault, calling it “a clear crime against humanity.”
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On the Ground
Ukrainian forces repelled assaults in the Donetsk region, including in Bakhmut, as the country struggled to cope with power and water outages brought on by Russian missile attacks a day earlier.
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Hungary Pledges Aid to Ukraine (8:24 am)
Hungary’s government set aside funds for aid to Ukraine in a decree that still requires bilateral negotiations. The country pledged €187 million ($195 million) in funds to its neighbor, the exact share it was supposed to provide in the European Union financing package it p opposed.
Zelenskiy Asks UN to Condemn ‘Energy Terror’ (11:30 pm)
Zelenskiy addressed the United Nations Security Council after Russia launched its latest massive missile assault.
“When it is freezing temperature outside and millions of people are cut off from electricity, heating and water as a result of Russia’s missile attack on energy facilities, it is a clear crime against humanity,” Zelenskiy told the gathering by video link. “We are waiting for the world’s tough response to Russia’s terror. Ukraine proposes the UN Security Council adopt a resolution on condemning any form of energy terror.”
He invited UN experts to inspect Ukraine’s infrastructure that has been hit by Russian missiles, or could become a target. “There is a need of fair assessment of damages. We need to record that those are strikes on that infrastructure that ensures lives of tens of millions of people,” he said.
White House Condemns Russia’s ‘Horrific Attacks’ (9:51 pm)
“As Russia struggles on the battlefield, it is increasingly turning to horrific attacks against the Ukrainian people with punishing strikes damaging energy grid infrastructure, and deliberately doing so as winter approaches,” Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman for the White House’s National Silence a statement.
“These strikes do not appear aimed at any military purpose and instead further the goal of the Putin regime to increase the suffering and death of Ukrainian men, women and children” she said. “It also shows Russia is willing to increase the risk of a nuclear safety incident that could not only further harm Ukraine but affect the entire region as well.”