“Putin’s motives are clear. He has decided that if he cannot take Ukraine by force, he will try to freeze it. If he succeeds, millions of Ukrainians will be without electricity, without water, without heating during the cold winter months. houses,” the diplomat said.
Thomas Greenfield noted that Moscow is using an inhumane strategy.
“This is an attack on critical infrastructure, this is a shameful escalation of Russia’s already brutal and unjustified war. Russian missile attacks also lead to threats to nuclear power plants,” the permanent representative emphasized.
The diplomat added that everything possible should be done to support the people of Ukraine. The United States has provided $250 million for winter humanitarian aid and $4.5 billion in direct budgetary support for salaries and social assistance, she said.
“Putin seems to believe that his brutal campaign will weaken the resolve of the Ukrainian people. But he is again deeply mistaken. Despite the darkness that Putin brings, Ukraine will continue to defend its freedom, sovereignty and democracy. Both the United States and our allies and in the future, they will support Ukraine for as long as necessary,” Thomas-Greenfield summed up.