Zelensky asks UN to increase air defense after Russian attacks

United Nations (EFE) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky this Wednesday asked his allies to provide him with more air and missile defenses in response to the latest attacks by Russia, which he accused of trying to destroy the country’s energy infrastructure. make millions of people suffer in winter.

Zelensky spoke via videoconference at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council requested by his country after the Russian army launched a massive new missile attack on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, which killed several people and injured about 30.

“We need effective and modern air and missile defense systems,” said the Ukrainian president, who demanded a firm response from the international community to Russian “terror.”

Zelensky accused Russia of attacking energy infrastructure to use winter as a weapon against the country’s population, which he called “a crime against humanity”.

The Ukrainian leader called on the Security Council to clearly condemn these tactics and criticized the fact that Russia, a party to the conflict, has the right to block any action in this body thanks to its veto power.

“We cannot be held hostage by an international terrorist,” he said, referring to the Russian state.

Complaints about Russian attacks

Several countries, led by the United States, have made similar claims about recent attacks launched by Russia against power plants and other key infrastructure.

According to US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears “determined to turn Ukraine’s energy facilities into rubble.”

“He decided that if he couldn’t take Ukraine by force, he would try to force the country to capitulate,” Thomas-Greenfield said.

This Wednesday, the UN warned that there was a risk of a “catastrophic” winter that would leave millions without electricity, heating, water and other basic services.

Russia’s response

Meanwhile, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia, assured that his country was carrying out “pinpoint” attacks on facilities used for military purposes, and accused Ukraine of damaging its own infrastructure.

In addition, Nebenzya attributed all the missiles that hit residential areas to Ukrainian air defense and said that the responsibility for this situation also lies with the United States and its allies, which provided such weapons to the people of Kiev.

“Their senseless supply of weapons to Ukraine led to the death of civilians not only in Donbass, but also in Ukrainian cities,” the diplomat told Western powers.

In addition, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denis Monastyrsky said that this Wednesday there were three Russian rocket attacks on high-rise buildings, which killed ten people.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at