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MOSCOW, Nov 24 (Reuters) – The Kremlin denied on Thursday that its attacks on Ukraine’s electricity network targeted civilians, but said Kyiv could “end the suffering” of its population by meeting Russia’s demands to resolve the conflict .
Repeated missile barrages against power infrastructure across Ukraine over the past few weeks have forced millions of people to go without electricity, water or heat for hours or days at a time, just as outside temperatures plunge below freezing.
But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “there have been no strikes on ‘social’ targets and there are no strikes – this is given special attention”.
“For targets directly or indirectly related to military potential, they are accordingly subject to strikes,” he said.
Peskov was asked how the suffering of the Ukrainian civilian population could be reconciled with the positions of President Vladimir Putin. Putin said that Russia does not want to destroy Ukraine and its people.
“The leadership of Ukraine has every opportunity to bring the situation back to normal, they have every opportunity to resolve the situation in a way that meets the needs of the Russian side and, accordingly, to end all possible suffering among the population .”
Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Alex Richardson
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