Kremlin: Ukraine’s leaders can ‘stop suffering’ by meeting Russian demands

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MOSCOW, Nov 24 (Reuters) – The Kremlin denied on Thursday that its attack on Ukraine’s electricity grid targeted civilians, but said Kyiv could “end the suffering” of its people by meeting Russia’s demands to resolve the conflict.

Repeated missile barrages on electricity infrastructure across Ukraine over the past few weeks have forced millions of people to go without electricity, water or heat for hours or days at a time, as outside temperatures plunge below freezing.

But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “there have been no strikes on ‘social’ targets and there are none – special attention is being paid to this”.

“As for targets that are directly or indirectly related to military potential, they are therefore subject to attack,” he said.

Peskov was asked how the suffering of Ukraine’s civilian population could be reconciled with the views of President Vladimir Putin. Putin has said that Russia does not want to destroy Ukraine or its people.

“The leadership of Ukraine has every opportunity to bring the situation back to normal, has every opportunity to resolve the situation in such a way as to meet the demands of the Russian side and consequently end all possible suffering among the population.”

Report from Reuters; Editing by Alex Richardson

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