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Ukraine's Zelenskyy to address urgent UN meeting

2022-11-24 HKT 02:50
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  • Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address the UN Security Council via video-link. Photo: AP
    Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address the UN Security Council via video-link. Photo: AP
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address an urgent UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday on Russian attacks that have caused blackouts in neighbouring Moldova, diplomats said.

Zelenskyy will address the emergency debate – requested by Kyiv and due to start at 4:00 pm (2100 GMT) in New York – via video-link.

The Ukrainian leader said in a tweet that he had instructed his country's ambassador to the world body, Sergiy Kyslytsya, to ask for the meeting.

"Murder of civilians, ruining of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror. Ukraine keeps demanding a resolute response of international community to these crimes," Zelenskyy said.

In a letter to the Council's president requesting the meeting, Kyslytsya wrote that Russia "has committed another act of terror against the civilian population of Ukraine" with Wednesday's strikes.

The air assault battered Ukraine's already failing electricity grid, leaving several dead and disconnecting three nuclear power stations from the grid.

The Ukrainian military said Russian forces had fired around 70 cruise missiles at targets across the country on Wednesday and also deployed attack drones.

Neighbouring Moldova even said it was suffering widespread blackouts caused by the fresh barrage and its EU-friendly president, Maia Sandu, accused Russia of leaving her country "in the dark." (AFP)