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UN and EU condemn Russian attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure, call for accountability

Rescuers extinguish a fire at a critical infrastructure facility in the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast
Rescuers extinguish a fire at a critical infrastructure facility in the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

The United Nations and the European Union both condemned the March 22 Russian attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure, denouncing the severe humanitarian consequences of these actions.

The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, condemned the Russian massive assault on Ukraine and declared that “all responsible will be held to account” on X.

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“Russia continues its brutal attacks against Ukraine's population with overnight drone and missile bombing of energy infrastructures, killing and wounding dozens, jeopardizing the safety of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant,” he said.

“This must stop!”

Meanwhile the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Denise Brown, expressed dismay over the scale of the Russian attacks on energy infrastructure facilities throughout Ukraine, stating that they would worsen the "already horrific humanitarian situation" for millions of Ukrainians.

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Brown highlighted the widespread impact of the strikes, which left major cities like Kharkiv, Kryvyi Rih, and Zaporizhzhya without power and water while causing damage to residential buildings and schools.

"Civilians and civilian infrastructure must be protected,” she said.

“International humanitarian law must be respected."

The Russian military launched its most extensive attack of 2024 on Ukraine's power grid on the morning of March 22, targeting multiple oblasts with cruise and ballistic missiles, and drones.

Russia launched over 150 drones and missiles, including ballistic and cruise missiles. Air defense forces intercepted 92 of those targets.

Damage to infrastructure and energy facilities has been confirmed in Kharkiv, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhya, Kryvyi Rih, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytskyi, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Lviv oblasts.

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Russians launched around 20 missile attacks on Zaporizhzhya, with at least three people killed, seven buildings destroyed, and a further 35 reportedly damaged in the city. Two more people died in Khmelnytskyi.

Russian forces targeted Ukraine's largest hydroelectric power station — the Dnipro HPP in Zaporizhzhya — hitting a trolleybus, Mariupol mayoral adviser Petro Andriushchenko reported previously. The strike caused a blaze to break out, and traffic on the dam was blocked.

Emergency power shutdown schedules have been introduced in Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, and Odesa oblasts. Virtually the entire city of Kharkiv is without power, with electricity and water supply issues plaguing the city.

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