Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused the Kremlin of waging ‘fuelled terror’ as Russian troops achieve little on the battlefield.
“4.5 million people were left without electricity after the attack on Russia’s energy network,” Zelensky said.
In recent weeks, Russia has launched large-scale missile and drone attacks on power plants in Ukraine.
After a series of battlefield defeats, Russia has recently stepped up attacks on power infrastructure in outlying cities.
According to President Zelensky, just last month, a third of the country’s power plants were destroyed.
The Ukrainian government has been forced to urge people to use less fuel.
“Tonight, about 4.5 million customers were temporarily disconnected from power,” Zelensky said in his speech Thursday night.
“Targeting Russia’s electrical infrastructure is a sign of weakness,” he said. Because the Russian forces have failed to make much ground on the frontline.’
‘The fact that Russia is resorting to energy terrorism shows the weakness of our enemy,’ he said.
‘They cannot defeat Ukraine on the battlefield, so they try to break our people like this.’
Russia’s Defense Ministry has confirmed it is targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
Zelensky’s accusations came as reports emerged that Russian troops were withdrawing from the occupied city of Kherson.
Kirill Stremasov, a Russian official stationed in the Kherson region, told Russian media that Moscow might withdraw its troops from the region.
Most Russian commanding officers have already withdrawn from the city, a Western official said on condition of anonymity.