Russia hits Ukraine grid in newest deadly barrage


Ukraine was focused on Monday by a brand new wave of deadly Russian missiles, the newest assault to trigger large energy disruptions throughout the nation and pile strain on its embattled essential infrastructure as temperatures plunge.

Moscow in flip blamed Ukraine for drone assaults which induced explosions at two of its airfields, killing three troopers.

The assaults got here simply after Russia shrugged off a Western-imposed worth cap on its oil exports, warning the move wouldn’t disrupt its navy marketing campaign in Ukraine.

While the drone assaults on Russia’s Saratov and Ryazan areas have been intercepted, the defence ministry stated falling particles had induced the explosions.

At the identical time, it claimed a “massive attack on Ukrainian military command systems and related defence, communications, energy and military facilities”.

Fresh energy cuts have been introduced in all areas of Ukraine because of the heavy strikes.

“Due to the consequences of shelling… a regime of emergency shutdowns will be introduced in all regions of Ukraine,” nationwide electrical energy supplier Ukrenergo stated on Telegram.

The head of the central Zaporizhzhia area, Oleksandr Starukh, stated Russian missiles on Monday had left two individuals useless.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated his nation’s navy had shot down a majority of Russian missiles fired earlier within the day, and engineers had already begun working to revive electrical energy.

“Our people never give up,” Zelensky stated in a video-statement on social media.

Nearly half of Ukraine’s vitality system has already been broken after months of systemic strikes on energy infrastructure.

Ukrainians have ceaselessly been left within the chilly and darkish for hours at a time when the outside temperature has dropped beneath zero.

Officials instructed residents to cost energy banks and put together reserves of water.

The UN rights chief Volker Turk, who arrived Sunday in Ukraine on a four-day go to, needed to move his conferences with activists into an underground shelter within the capital Kyiv as missiles rained down.

– Moscow vows to maintain combating –

As Russia shrugged off the oil worth cap, state-run media launched footage of President Vladimir Putin driving a Mercedes automotive throughout the Crimea bridge that connects the annexed peninsula to the Russian mainland, and was broken in a blast final month.

The $60-per-barrel worth cap agreed by the European Union, G7 and Australia goals to limit Russia’s income whereas ensuring Moscow retains supplying the worldwide market.

“Russia’s economy has all the necessary potential to fully meet the needs and requirements of the special military operation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov instructed reporters, utilizing Moscow’s time period for the Ukraine offensive.

“These measures will not affect this,” he stated.

Russia “will not recognise” the measures, which amounted to “a step towards destabilising the global energy markets”, he added.

The cap is the newest in quite a lot of measures spearheaded by Western international locations and launched towards Russia — the world’s second-largest crude oil exporter — after Moscow despatched troops into Ukraine over 9 months in the past.

The measure comes on high of an EU embargo on seaborne deliveries of Russian crude oil that got here into pressure on Monday.

The embargo will forestall maritime shipments of Russian crude to the European Union, which account for 2 thirds of the bloc’s oil imports from Russia, probably depriving Moscow of billions of euros.

The oil worth cap goals to make sure that when Russia sells its crude to non-EU international locations it isn’t bought for greater than $60 a barrel.

The market worth of a barrel of Russian Urals crude is at the moment round $65 {dollars}, simply barely larger than the cap, suggesting the measure might have solely a restricted influence within the quick time period.

Kyiv, after initially welcoming the worth ceiling, later stated it will not do sufficient injury to Russia’s financial system.

– ‘Impossible to organize’ –

The G7 nations — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States — together with Australia have stated they’re ready to regulate the worth ceiling if essential.

In current months, gasoline costs have skyrocketed since Moscow halted deliveries to the EU in suspected retaliation for Western sanctions and the bloc struggled to seek out various vitality suppliers.

In the Ukrainian city of Borodianka, exterior Kyiv, the place snow has already coated the bottom, locals not too long ago gathered round previous wood-fired stoves inside tents to maintain heat and cook dinner meals in the course of the blackouts.

“We are totally dependent on electricity… One day we had no electricity for 16 hours,” Irina, who had come to the tent together with her baby, instructed AFP.

Volunteer Oleg stated it was onerous to say how Ukraine would handle within the coming winter months.

“It is impossible to prepare for this winter because no-one has lived in these conditions before,” he stated.