Volodymyr Zelensky to address urgent UN meeting after “70 Russian missiles” hit Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky to address urgent UN meeting after “70 Russian missiles” hit Ukraine

Zelensky said the killing of civilians, destruction of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror. (file)

United Nations:

Diplomats said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would address an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday over the Russian attacks, which have caused blackouts in neighboring Moldova.

Two diplomats told AFP that Volodymyr Zelensky would address the emergency debate – requested by Kyiv and due to start at 4:00 pm (2100 GMT) in New York.

The Ukrainian leader said in a tweet that he had instructed his country’s ambassador to the world body, Sergiy Kislitsya, to ask for a meeting.

Zelensky said, “The killing of civilians, the destruction of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror. Ukraine continues to demand a strong response from the international community for these crimes.”

In a letter to the council’s president requesting the meeting, seen by AFP, Kislitsya wrote that Russia “committed another act of terror against the civilian population of Ukraine” with Wednesday’s attacks.

The airstrike battered Ukraine’s already failing electricity grid, killing several people and disconnecting three nuclear power stations from the grid.

The Ukrainian military said Russian forces fired about 70 cruise missiles across the country on Wednesday and also deployed attack drones.

Neighboring Moldova even said it was experiencing widespread blackouts due to the fresh barrage and its EU-friendly President Maia Sandu accused Russia of leaving the country “in the dark”.

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