Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he expects a “strong response” from the world after Russian missiles destroyed energy and civilian infrastructure in Kiev and other major cities. He also told world powers at the UN Security Council meeting late Wednesday to pass a resolution condemning “any form of energy terror”. (Russia has veto power on the council.)
“Energy terror is an analogy to the use of weapons of mass destruction,” Zelensky said. “If the temperature outside is below zero and tens of millions of people are without electricity, heat and water as a result of Russian missiles hitting energy facilities, this is an obvious crime against humanity.”
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects around the world.
4. From our correspondents
Just before the invasion, Germany was heavily dependent on the Kremlin for natural gas, coal and oil. A company with deep ties to the Russian state owned Germany’s largest gas storage facility, which emptied at the start of the war. Russia also had a majority stake in the country’s main national gas carrier and owned the refinery that supplied Berlin with vital fuel.
Ellen Francis, David L. Stern, Claire Parker, and Sammy Westfall contributed to this report.