Stoltenberg describes Ukraine's winter as terrible start
(MENAFN) Ukraine is in for a terrible winter, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who notes that Russian forces have increased their strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure.
“Waves of deliberate missile attacks on cities and civilian infrastructure are depriving Ukrainians of heat, light, and food. This is a horrific start to the winter for Ukraine” he stated at a news briefing on Friday.
Stoltenberg's remarks follow a series of long-range assaults against Ukrainian command centers and energy infrastructure started by Russia on Wednesday. The purpose, according to Russia's Defense Ministry, was to impair Kiev's capacity to deploy weapons and personnel to the frontlines.
After a devastating vehicle explosion destroyed the Crimean Bridge in early October, Russia's military began attacking Ukraine's electricity grid. Moscow blamed Kiev for the tragedy, saying it was only the latest attempt by Ukraine to harm civilian infrastructure in Russia.
Still, Russia does not target civilian infrastructure, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, who added that Russian forces only strike “targets directly or indirectly related to [Ukraine’s] military potential.”
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