NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday that Iran’s plans to supply Russia with weapons, including drones and ballistic missiles, in its war against Ukraine are “unacceptable”.
Kiev and the West accuse Tehran of providing Moscow with drones, which both countries deny.
“We see Iran showing drones and considering delivering ballistic missiles to Russia,” Stoltenberg said. in a press conference in Istanbul, adding: “This is unacceptable. No country should provide support to Moscow in this illegal war “.
Kiev says around 400 Iranian drones have already been used against the Ukrainian civilian population and that Moscow has ordered around 2,000 aircraft. Tehran denied the accusation.
Stoltenberg said Russian President Vladimir Putin is failing in Ukraine, but “responds with more brutality”.
“In the past few weeks, we have seen dozens of drones and missile strikes in all of Ukraine, in particularly on critical infrastructures, “he said.
Stoltenberg said Russia “deliberately and cruelly deprives Ukrainian civilians of heating, water and electricity in early winter”.
Zelensky: 4.5 million Ukrainians are temporarily without electricity
In this context, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that some 4.5 million Ukrainians, or more than 10 percent of the country’s pre-war population, were temporarily without electricity on Thursday evening due to the Russian attacks.
Zelensky added in a video speech that the places affected are Kiev and 10 other regions. He urged local authorities to conserve electricity, saying it was not the time to light up shop windows or signage.
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