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Zelensky calls for stop of Russia’s ‘energy terror’ and invites UN experts to visit critical infrastructure facilities of Ukraine

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged to stop Russia’s “energy terror” and invited UN experts to inspect critical infrastructure facilities of Ukraine during his message via video transmission at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council held at his request. His speech was posted on his Telegram channel.

“I confirm the invitation from Ukraine regarding the mission of UN experts to critical infrastructure facilities of our country that have been or may be hit by Russian missiles. It is necessary to give a proper assessment of damage and destruction.

“It should be stated that these are strikes against the very infrastructure that ensures the lives of tens of millions of people,” he said.

Zelensky also talked about gradual restoration of power supply in different regions of Ukraine after the new missile attacks carried out by Russia and said that Kyiv was facing the most difficult situation power-wise.

Zelensky during his message via video transmission at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. Screenshot: Zelensky’s Telegram channel

Zelensky during his message via video transmission at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. Screenshot: Zelensky’s Telegram channel

In his turn, Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said at the Security Council meeting that Russia was conducting strikes on infrastructure facilities of Ukraine in response to “unbridled” flow of weapons from the West into Ukraine.

“We are conducting strikes against infrastructure in response to the ‘unbridled’ flow of weapons from the West into Ukraine and Kyiv’s reckless appeals to defeat Russia,” he claimed.

Zelensky asked for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after the missile attacks on Kyiv carried out by Russia yesterday, 23 November. In particular, three people were killed in the attacks, Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko said. Among the victims, there was a 17-year-old young woman. At least 11 residents of the Ukrainian capital were injured, 10 of them were hospitalised.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy later announced that all nuclear power plants as well as the majority of thermal and hydroelectric power stations had been temporarily shut down.

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