More than 100 Russian missiles landed in Ukraine on Tuesday.
Chiara SchlenzNews editor
On Tuesday, 100 Russian missiles fell on Ukraine. More than a dozen cities were attacked, ten million people were briefly without electricity, and according to Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky (42), more than 30 infrastructure facilities were damaged.
According to Ukraine, it was the most massive attack since the beginning of the war. The attack on the Ukrainian capital damaged two civilian buildings and killed at least one person. Half of the population of Kyiv was without electricity, in Lviv it was around 80 percent.
Russia justifies the attacks
The Russian Ministry of Defense tried to justify a massive missile attack on Ukrainian energy resources with its alleged military significance.
The target of the attack was “Ukraine’s military command system and related energy systems,” spokesman Igor Konashenkov, 56, said in Moscow on Wednesday. According to him, the goal of the attack was achieved.
“We Will Survive”
Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s grid operator, warned of the consequences of the attacks on Wednesday. There will be “hard days” as cold weather increases energy consumption and thus the load on the power grid. After the Russian attacks, the network was so bad that one had to count on further outages.
In a video posted online, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, 44, warned Ukrainians that more missile attacks were possible, but added: “We are working, we will restore everything, we will survive.” Giving up is not an option for Ukraine.
Russia wants to freeze Ukraine
The attacks followed days after the humiliating retreat of Russian forces from the southern city of Kherson and coincided with a Group of 20 summit in Bali dominated by discussions about the war in Ukraine.
“This is what Russia says about peace talks,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (41) wrote on Twitter. “Stop suggesting that Ukraine accept Russian ultimatums! This terror can only be stopped by the force of our arms and principles.”
These attacks are reminiscent of a treacherous Russian tactic: Ukraine is supposed to be frozen. Ukraine’s energy source has been the target of Russian attacks for weeks. According to Sky News, 50 percent of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has already been destroyed – that’s not enough for the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin (70).
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Putin continues the “freeze” plan.
In early November, Ukraine accused Russia of “energy terrorism” aimed at plunging people into darkness, cold and fear. At the time, Russia did not take kindly to the Ukrainian accusations – and announced that it would continue to attack Ukrainian infrastructure. Tuesday’s large-scale rocket attacks are now proof of that.
German Eastern Europe researcher Andreas Umland (45) explained to “Bild” in October: “What we see is a strategy to achieve a Russian-dictated peace and avoid another winter war.” In this way, according to the expert, Putin wants to force the Ukrainian population “to surrender their own government.” Umland sums up Putin’s thoughts: “Either you give up the areas we’ve annexed, or we’ll bomb you to a freezing death.”