The European Union will provide additional military assistance to Ukraine after Russia’s massive shelling of key cities in the country, EU Supreme President Josep Borrell said.
“Deeply shocked by Russian strikes on civilians in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. There is no place for such actions in the 21st century.” wrote he is on Twitter, adding that EU aid to Ukraine is “already on the way.”
“Civilians and civilian infrastructure should not be the target. Never. Nowhere,” declared EU Commissioner for Crisis Response Janez Lenarcic. “As Russia continues its reign of terror, we must continue to support Ukraine so that it can defend itself. Russia must stop this war!” – noted in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.
“Terrorist attacks” called the shelling of the territory of Ukraine by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Romania, Croatia and North Macedonia. “This is yet another brutal and inhumane attack on civilians in violation of international humanitarian law. The perpetrators must be held accountable,” the Romanian Foreign Ministry said.
China also responded to Russian strikes on Ukraine. Beijing expressed hope that the situation “will soon de-escalate,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said. “We hope that all parties will be able to properly resolve their differences through dialogue and consultation. China is also ready to continue playing a constructive role in helping to de-escalate the situation,” Mao Ning said during the briefing.
In turn, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that he had agreed with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on an urgent meeting of the G7 (“Big Seven”). The President of Ukraine also said that he had a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, who expressed support for Ukraine. “Terrorism is a crime that must be punished. Terrorism at the state level is one of the most heinous international crimes that threatens not just anyone in the world, but the entire international community.” emphasized formerly Zelensky.
“Putin’s only tactic is terror against peaceful Ukrainian cities, but he will not break Ukraine. This is also his answer to all peacekeepers who want to talk to him about peace: Putin is a terrorist who talks with missiles,” noted Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.
According to the commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny, Russia fired 75 missiles on the territory of Ukraine, 41 of which were intercepted by the air defense system. According to Zelensky, Russia has targeted the energy system of Ukraine and ordinary people.
“They are hitting the infrastructure, trying to leave us without electricity,” said the head of the Nikolaev regional military administration, Vitaly Kim. As the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal specified, 11 critical infrastructure facilities were hit as a result of shelling in Kyiv and eight other regions of Ukraine.
“There are power outages in some regions. We must be prepared for temporary interruptions in the connection to the electricity grid and water supply,” Shmyhal said.