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Impose sanctions against Russia’s missile industry

Ukraine urges EU

Impose sanctions against Russia’s missile industry

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KYIV: Ukraine on Thursday urged the European Union to include in its new sanctions package measures that would target Russia's missile industry, after Moscow's systematic strikes on the country's energy grid, reports AFP.

Following military defeats on the ground, Russia began targeting Ukrainian energy facilities, causing severe damage and power shortages ahead of winter.

"I thanked the EU for its continued defence assistance and stressed that next EU sanctions should include those hitting Russia's missile production industry: it must be put to a halt," Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on social media.

After meeting EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell at regional security talks in Poland, Kuleba wrote on Twitter that they agreed that "total war against Ukraine means total support for Ukraine".

On Thursday, Ukraine's electricity operator said that nearly half of the country's electricity grid remained damaged after the Russian strikes last week disrupted power to millions of people.

Meanwhile, Nearly half of Ukraine's electricity grid remains damaged, a private operator said on Thursday, a week after the latest Russian strikes on the country's energy infrastructure disrupted power to millions of people, reports AFP.

"Russia has destroyed 40 percent of the Ukrainian energy system with terrorist missile attacks. Dozens of energy workers were killed and wounded," DTEK company said in a statement on social media.

After suffering humiliating military defeats on the ground, Russia began targeting Ukrainian energy facilities in October, causing severe damage and power shortages.

Last week, a latest series of massive strikes on these sites left entire regions across Ukraine cold and dark.

"Electrical engineers are doing everything possible and impossible to stabilise the situation regarding energy supply," the company said, saying its technical teams are working "day and night" to quickly repair the infrastructure.

Authorities said Wednesday that nine people had died in fire-related accidents in the country over the past 24 hours, as Ukrainians are forced to find alternate heating sources.

Britain's defence ministry said in a note Thursday that continuing Russian strikes on energy infrastructure result in "indiscriminate, widespread humanitarian suffering across Ukraine".

"However, its effectiveness as a strategy has likely been blunted because Russia has already expended a large proportion of its suitable missiles against tactical targets," it said.