Ukraine is preparing Thursday to limit energy consumption in the face of the destruction of its facilities by the Russian military as winter approaches, while President Volodymyr Zelensky called on residents to prepare for “all possible scenarios “.
While the bombing continued in across Ukraine Wednesday, Kiev accused Russia of planning a “mass deportation” of the population of the newly annexed lands and the forced conscription of Ukrainian citizens into its army.
In his Wednesday night speech, Zelensky said Ukrainian forces shot down 21 Iranian-made drones on Wednesday, 10 of them headed for Kiev. “Unfortunately, there have also been new strikes and damage to vital infrastructure,” he added.
He called on Ukrainians to limit their electricity consumption starting Thursday morning. An appeal resumed by the mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko, who invited the population of Kyiv to refrain from using microwaves, air conditioners, boilers and electric stoves.
On Thursday the Ukrainian presidency announced “restrictions on electricity supply” in all of Ukraine and the creation of power points mobile for critical infrastructures.
“We are preparing for all possible scenarios as winter approaches,” Zelensky said. “We expect Russian terrorism to target energy structures until we are in able, with the help of our partners, to destroy 100% of the missiles and drones, “he added.
The European Union is preparing to impose sanctions on Iran, which it accuses of having supplied Russia with armed drones to strike Ukraine. On Wednesday at the United Nations, the Security Council met for two hours behind closed doors on the issue.
Cruel and deliberate attacks
Prior to the meeting, a US State Department spokesperson said that quest’last’ has seen many in recent months prove that Russia is using these Iranian (drones) to launch ruthless and deliberate attacks against the Ukrainian population and essential civilian infrastructure. “
Zelensky confirmed Wednesday that his army destroyed 233 of these drones in a month.
After the session, Russian Deputy Ambassador Dmitry Polyansky and Iranian Ambassador Amir Saeed Irwani took turns to speak in front of reporters at the entrance to the Council, denying that the demonstrations used by Russia to launch attacks were in Ukraine.
With a tone full of irony, the Russian diplomat criticized “unfounded accusations, conspiracy theories and the failure to present prove to the Security Council “. Polyansky stressed that the drones” used by the Russian army in Ukraine were manufactured in Russia “and therefore have no connection with Iran.
In turn, the Iranian ambassador has rejected the accusations made against his country of having provided Russia with military marches, considering them “groundless and unfounded accusations”.
Irawani reiterated that Iran wants a “peaceful solution” to the conflict in Ukraine.
Resistance to death
In southern Ukraine, the Russian administration of the Kherson region confirmed the start of the evacuation of civilians on Wednesday. He plans to transfer “50 thousand people out of 60 thousand” to the other bank of the Dnieper within a few days.
Vladimir Saldo, head of the Russian occupation authorities, said that the city of Kherson, occupied since the spring, would be evacuated in the face of the advance of Ukrainian forces and promised that Russian forces would continue to “fight to the death”.
For his part, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov said: “We are witnessing preparations for the mass deportation of the Ukrainian population” in Russia “in order to change the ethnic composition of the occupied territories”.
“It is a crime that must be condemned by the United Nations and was previously committed in Crimea “, which Russia annexed in 2014.
For his part, the secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said that there are “about five million people” from the four Ukrainian regions annexed by Moscow in September on Russian soil where “they took refuge”.
These regions are Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, in on Wednesday the Russian president ordered the imposition of martial law, a measure considered by the Ukrainian foreign ministry to be “null”.
For his part, Zelensky put in guard the residents of annexed areas against the forced draft campaign of the Russian army: “Try to leave the occupied territories. If you can’t do that and you end up in Russian military units, try to lay down your weapons at the earliest opportunity and head to the positions Ukrainian “.
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