After missile attack: Ukraine demands weapons with range to Russia

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Ukraine wants weapons to go to Russia

Voluntär Außenpolitik / Axel-Springer-Academy of Journalism and Technology

“There are fears of a larger wave of missile attacks”

Russian missile attacks on Ukrainian energy resources mainly affected civilians. In many parts of the country, people are suffering from cold and darkness. WELT main presenter Tatjana Ohm describes what this means for people in everyday life.

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After Russian missile fire on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure caused widespread power outages, Kyiv is looking ahead to winter with concern. The government is now demanding the possibility of closing missile launch bases on Russian territory.

ANDIn light of the severe destruction of critical infrastructure following Russian missile attacks on Kyiv, the Ukrainian government is calling on the West to take a tougher stance on Russia. “Weapons must now be delivered, which also pose a potential threat to Putin,” Ukrainian government circles told WELT.

For example, Kyiv needs longer-range missiles that can also eliminate launch bases and ammunition dumps on Russian territory. “The possibility of such a counterattack from our side would be perceived as a deterrent in Moscow.”

According to Kyiv, the Russian military shot down around 70 missiles and drones in Ukraine on Wednesday. An air traffic alert was declared across the country and several explosions occurred in Kyiv. As a result of the bombing of the energy infrastructure in the Kyiv region, there was a complete blackout, three nuclear power plants were shut down. Temperatures in the capital fell below zero at night, snow is already on the ground and the roads are icy.

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Attacks on energy infrastructure

A day later, more than two-thirds of the capital, Kyiv, was still without electricity. Water supply was restored on Thursday afternoon. According to Ukrainian government circles, the West does not yet understand the extent of the emergency. “So far, we have been able to repair the destroyed energy infrastructure quite quickly and restore supplies within a few days. But it won’t be for long.”

He is worried about the lack of spare parts. Therefore, the Ukrainian government expects longer outages in December, during which it will be “impossible” to survive in Kyiv. The mayor of the capital, Vitalij Klitschko, also warned against the coming weeks. “This is the worst winter since World War II,” he told Bild.

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There is suspicion in Kiev that the Kremlin has a clear strategy behind this approach. “The Russians want to force us to negotiate by reducing our population and putting Europeans under pressure with the help of a new wave of refugees,” said government circles in Kyiv. During the lull in the war, preparations would then take place for a new attack on the capital: “Putin has not yet given up on his wartime goal of total control of Ukraine.” To withstand this, the country desperately needs more air defense systems.

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak suggested on Wednesday that Germany should supply the Patriot air defense system to Ukraine, not his country. Earlier this week, the German government offered support to NATO partner Poland with the Patriot missile defense system after a missile hit Poland’s border area with Ukraine. “After new Russian missile attacks, I asked the German side to transfer the Patriot battery offered to Poland to Ukraine and deploy it on the western border,” Blaszczak said on Twitter.

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Thus, Ukraine will be protected from new losses and power outages and the security of the common border will be strengthened. Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) reacted cautiously on Thursday. “Patriot systems are part of NATO’s integrated air defense system. They are therefore intended for the territory of the Alliance. And if they are to be used outside of NATO, it must be discussed with the allies in advance.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the UN Security Council to take action against Russia over the bombing of energy infrastructure. “This is the Russian formula for terror,” he said in a video message. “When we have sub-zero temperatures and millions of people are without power, without heat and without water, it’s a blatant crime against humanity.”

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Referring to the expected Russian veto, he said it made no sense for the party waging this war — “this criminal war” — to be given the veto. “The killing of civilians, the destruction of civilian infrastructure are acts of terrorism,” he said on Twitter before the meeting. The international community must give a “decisive response”.

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