Ukrainians without access to basic services due to Russian strikes on energy infrastructure will be able to use special “invincibility centers” across the country that offer electricity, heat, water and internet services, President Volodymyr Zelensky said. The launch of the centers comes as rights groups accuse Russia of “weaponizing winter” by targeting Ukraine’s national electricity grid. Follow Axadle’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine. All times are Stockholm time (GMT+2).
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UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned of “dangerous rhetoric” stoking tensions among nuclear rivals.
“Growing divisions threaten global peace and security, provoke new confrontations and make it all the more difficult to resolve old conflicts,” Guterres said at a meeting of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Morocco.
“Dangerous rhetoric is raising nuclear tensions,” he warned as Russia’s war in Ukraine approached its tenth month with no end in sight, fueling nuclear fears.
01:16: “Invincibility Center” to help provide heat and water, Zelensky says
Ukrainians who need basic services if Russia knocks out power plants and other facilities this winter can turn to special “invincibility centers,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
Thousands of centers spread across the country will offer electricity, heating, water, internet service, mobile phone connections and pharmacies, free of charge and 24 hours a day.
“If massive Russian strikes happen again and it’s clear that power won’t be restored for several hours, the ‘invincibility centers’ will kick in with all key services,” Zelensky said in a nightly video address.
Russian attacks have for long periods knocked out power to up to 10 million consumers at a time. Ukraine’s national grid operator said on Tuesday that the damage was colossal.
(Axadle with AFP, AP and Reuters)
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