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UN, calls for more aid for Ukraine after the largest drone attack on Kiev

2023-11-27 18:46:22, Kosova & Bota CNA

UN, calls for more aid for Ukraine after the largest drone attack on Kiev

Over the weekend, Russia carried out its biggest drone strike in Ukraine since the start of the war. Kiev says one of the drones damaged a building and injured several people while all other drones were destroyed by the Ukrainian military. A senior UN official called for continued support for Ukraine.

Sirens went off in the Ukrainian capital to warn residents of the Russian drone attack. The head of the capital's administration, Serhii Popko, called it "the most massive drone attack in Kyiv". Ukraine's air force said it shot down 74 of 75 Iranian-made drones.

The attack, which began on Saturday, lasted more than six hours and left more than 17,000 people without electricity, the Ukrainian Energy Ministry said.

The Russian drone attack coincided with the 90th anniversary of the hunger campaign known as the "Holodom Genocide".

The Holodomor, meaning death by starvation, was a 1932-1933 campaign orchestrated by then-Soviet leader Joseph Stalin aimed at seizing control of grain production in Ukraine. At least 3 to 7 million Ukrainians died of starvation. According to the University of Minnesota, these numbers could be even higher.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni recorded a video message to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Holodomor Remembrance Day.

She said her government welcomes Kiev's determination to continue the "Wheat from Ukraine" humanitarian food program, announcing a further contribution of $2.2 million to the initiative. In the framework of this program, Ukraine cooperates with countries and private sector donors to supply cereals to countries in Africa and Asia, which face malnutrition and hunger.

At a recent UN Security Council meeting, Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the UN accused Moscow of again using similar tactics to those of the early 1930s.

"Starvation as one of the Russian methods of war has been used in various forms since the first day of the large-scale attack. This includes blocking Ukrainian exports, bombing Ukraine's ports and grain storage centers, laying mines on Ukraine's fertile lands and turning them into battlefields," he said.

After a wave of Russian drone attacks, Ukrainian President Zelensky and European leaders met in Kiev at the international summit on food security.

He said that foreign partners would supply Ukraine with ships to escort and secure grain transport ships from Ukrainian ports.

President Zelenskiy added that his country hopes to solve the problem of air defense weapons shortages by securing new arms supplies from partners and increasing domestic production capacity in Ukraine before another air raid siren interrupts the conference. common to the press.

At least five civilians were injured in the Russian drone strike in Kiev and several buildings were damaged, including a kindergarten. Among the injured was an 11-year-old child, according to mayor Vitali Klitschko./ VOA

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