Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on the UN Security Council to act against Russia over airstrikes on civilian infrastructure which has again plunged Ukrainian cities into darkness and cold as winter sets in. Russia unleashed a missile barrage over Ukraine on Wednesday, killing 10 people, forcing the shutdown of nuclear power plants and cutting off water and electricity supplies in many places.
Neighboring Moldova said it was hit by massive blackouts caused by the missile barrage and its pro-EU president, Maia Sandu, accused Russia of leaving her country “in the dark”.
EU governments failed to reach an agreement on Wednesday on the level to limit prices of Russian seaborne oil under the G7 arrangement and will resume negotiations, EU diplomats said. Earlier on Thursday, EU representatives met in Brussels. The move is part of sanctions aimed at cutting Moscow’s income from its oil exports, so it has less money to finance the invasion of Ukraine.
UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that an exchange of 35 Russian and 36 Ukrainian prisoners was a positive development amid “dark news” about Russian strikes on Ukraine. DiCarlo called on the parties to continue the release of prisoners and follow international humanitarian law in relation to prisoners of war, Reuters reports.
A Russian court on Wednesday extended by six months the detention of opposition politician Ilya Yashin, who faces up to 10 years in prison for condemning President Vladimir Putin’s assault on Ukraine. The 39-year-old Moscow city council member is in the case as part of an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in Russia, with most opposition activists either in prison or in exile. He faces up to 10 years behind bars if convicted.
The Kremlin said on Wednesday it was confident of the “success” of its offensive Ukraine. “The future and success of the special operation is beyond doubt,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on a visit to Armenia, where he used the official Moscow term to describe Russia’s attack, Agence France-Presse reports.
European cities were encouraged to send spare generators to Ukraine to help the country through the winter in the face of Russia’s attack on the electricity infrastructure. Ukraine’s power grid came under bombardment again when European Parliament President Roberta Metsola launched an appeal to get generators to Ukraine.