Moscow has been accused of trying to “freeze” Ukrainians into submission by targeting civilian infrastructure.
Vladimir Putin’s constant widespread air strikes is causing mass power blackouts with water shortages as Russia continuously target energy infrastructure and are bombing sites that have been newly repaired.
The British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said that Russia are targeting energy infrastructure across the country in an attempt to “freeze” Ukrainians into submission.
Cleverly told reporters in Bucharest ahead of a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers to discuss more support for Ukrainian armed forces.
He said, “We have seen Vladimir Putin attempting to weaponise energy supplies right from the very start of this conflict.
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“This targeting of civilian infrastructure of energy infrastructure is obviously designed to try and freeze the Ukrainians in submission.”
Ukraine are struggling to restore full power so that civilians can stay warm as the temperature has fallen well below zero.
National power grid operator Ukrenegro said on Telegram that as of 11am this morning, “electricity producers provide 70% of electricity consumption in Ukraine,” they added the current capacity deficit is now 30%.
“We emphasise that the general deficit in the energy system is a consequence of seven waves of Russian missile attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure.”