Russia on Thursday denied targeting the Ukrainian capital, instead accusing “foreign and Ukrainian” air defense missiles of causing damage in Kiev, where critical energy infrastructure was hit a day earlier.
“No attacks have been carried out against any targets in the city of Kiev,” the Russian defense ministry said.
Any damage was “the result of the fall of missiles from foreign and Ukrainian air defense systems into residential areas of the Ukrainian capital,” the ministry said in a statement.
However, the ministry acknowledged “massive attacks … on Ukraine’s military command and energy facilities related to it”.
Strikes in Kiev on Wednesday killed three people, including a 17-year-old girl.
Large parts of Ukraine were without electricity and water during the night, while the temperature dropped below zero.
“Ukraine’s leaders have every chance to return the situation to normal,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, if it “meets the demands of the Russian side”.
The World Health Organization has warned that “this winter will be life-threatening for millions of people in Ukraine” given the damage to the country’s energy infrastructure.
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