[モスクワ ２４日 ロイター] – Russia’s Kremlin has denied that attacks on Ukrainian energy facilities targeted civilians. At the same time, he acknowledged that the Ukrainian government could “end the suffering” of its citizens if it complied with Russia’s demands to end the conflict.
Missile attacks by Russian forces on key infrastructure across Ukraine have caused power outages and water outages across the country. With temperatures below freezing, millions of people have been forced to live without heat or water for hours or days.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “No attacks have been carried out against ‘social’ targets and great care has been taken.” “Direct or indirect military potential is subject to attack, depending on the situation,” he said.
Asked how he would reconcile the suffering of Ukrainian citizens with Putin’s position, he said: “The Ukrainian leadership is expected to resolve the situation in a way that meets Russia’s demands and end the suffering of Ukrainian citizens. We have every opportunity to do so,” he replied.