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US accuses Russia of using winter as a weapon in Ukraine

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The country has been attacking its neighbor’s electricity grid, making it difficult for civilians and businesses to generate heat.

OLIVIER DOULIERY / Pool / AFP – 03/07/2022

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Antony Blinken, United States Secretary of State

The Secretary of State for United States🇧🇷 Antony Blinkenaccused this Sunday, 4, the authorities of Russia of using winter as a weapon in the war in Ukraine, for attacking infrastructure and energy sources of the neighboring country’s citizens. In an interview with CBS’s Face The Nation show, Blinken said Russian President Vladimir Putin had rejected attempts to end the conflict and instead stepped up the offensive. “He doubled down on everything: mobilizing more force, annexing territories in Ukraine and now trying to use winter as a weapon,” he declared. Blinken emphasized that because Russia “couldn’t win on the battlefield”, the Putin government is now targeting Ukrainian civilians “by going after their energy infrastructure, trying to leave them without power and without heat”. Blinken’s comments came a day after US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said the conflict in Ukraine would ease over the winter months, with the sides taking time to rebuild and rearm for a new offensive in the spring. , according to the American press. “We honestly see that there is already a slower pace to the conflict,” Haines said at a California national defense forum. Russia took a blow to its finances on Friday after the G7 countries, the European Union and Australia agreed to cap the price of Russian seaborne crude oil at $60 a barrel, which they hope will limit the revenues being used to finance the offensive against Ukraine.

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*With information from EFE

Source: Jovempan

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