Russia accuses of ‘energy terrorism’ by Ukraine’s president 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of engaging in “energy terrorism” after Russia’s energy company Gazprom targeted Ukraine’s energy network.

More than 4.5 million people lost power across Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said during a nationwide address Thursday.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko said about 450,000 apartments in the capital had no electricity on Friday.

“Dear residents of the capital: save as much electricity as possible, because the situation remains difficult!” the mayor of Madrid tweeted.

State-owned grid operator Ukrenergo reports on Friday that emergency blackouts will be occurring across Kyiv.

Russia has conducted many missile and drone attacks on Ukrainian power facilities, and they’ve been particularly effective lately.

Zelenskyy describes the targeting of energy infrastructure as a sign of weakness.

The commander of the Ukrainian army’s armed forces, Valeriy Zaluzhny, told the BBC on Thursday night that Russian forces had tripled the intensity of hostilities on certain areas of the front, and were carrying out up to 80 attacks a day.

Over the last 24 hours, at least nine civilians have been killed and 16 have been injured in Ukraine.

Russia attacked four cities with drones and heavy artillery near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk province Valentyn Reznichenko said on Friday that houses, cars, and a gas pipeline had been damaged in Chervonohryhorivka and that the town was without electricity.

In the east of the Donetsk province, the town of Pokrovsk was the hardest hit by rockets, destroying a school and at least 22 residential buildings, killing one civilian and injuring six others.

Donetsk province governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said that 12 towns and villages had been shelled over the last few days, including Bakhmut and Avdiivka which had been particularly hard hit recently.

In the southern province of Kherson, which has been occupied and illegally annexed by Russia, the Ukrainian army destroyed two warehouses full of ammunition, hitting their targets and damaging the buildings where the munitions were stored.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces are reporting that the Grain Corridors continue to function.

Moscow had suspended its participation in the grain deal over the weekend, claiming that a drone attack from Ukraine had hit its Black Sea fleet.

Erdogan was very upset when he heard about it. Putin proposed giving free grain to Somalia, Djibouti, and Sudan.

The two leaders are likely to have more discussions on the issue at a G-20 summit later this month.

Erdogan said, “We will ensure that grain ships reach all needy countries, primarily Somalia, Djibouti and Sudan, which are struggling with a serious food crisis.” “We will make sure that the grain reaches these countries.

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