Russian President Putin says Ukraine energy strikes to demilitarise country – Times of India

Russian President Putin says Ukraine energy strikes to demilitarise country - Times of India

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that on the recent airstrikes UkraineThe energy grid, which has caused widespread blackouts, is part of the Kremlin’s “demilitarization” of its neighbor.
His comments came as Moscow launched airstrikes targeting energy facilities in Ukraine on Thursday.
“We assume that this is how we have influence over Ukraine’s military-industrial complex,” Putin said during a meeting in the Kremlin with his ally and Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko.
Putin said the attacks were also in response to Kiev targeting Russia’s energy infrastructure, including oil refineries, because The conflict Drags into his third year.
“We have recently seen a series of attacks on our energy sites and we were obliged to respond,” Putin said.
The leader claimed that Russia did not target Ukrainian power plants during the winter “on humanitarian grounds”.
“We didn’t want to de-power the social infrastructure, hospitals, etc.”
Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure during the winter of 2022-2023 left millions without electricity or heat for extended periods.
This past winter, Ukraine’s electrical grid suffered little damage, until Moscow launched a new wave of attacks in early March.
On Thursday, Russia attacked Ukrainian energy facilities with about 40 drone strikes, destroying a power station in the Kiev region.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy renewed his calls for a fresh air defense system during a visit to Lithuania.

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