U.S. Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers Common Mark Milley (R) take part in a information briefing on the Pentagon Might 23, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia.
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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Wednesday slammed Russia’s barrage of missile strikes throughout Ukrainian cities and stated that Moscow’s deliberate focusing on of vitality infrastructure is a warfare crime.
“Whereas assessments are ongoing, yesterday’s strikes seemed like they launched at the least 60 missiles and so they might have launched upwards of 90 and even maybe 100,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers U.S. Military Gen. Mark Milley informed reporters on the Pentagon alongside Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin.
“It was possible the most important wave of missiles that we have seen because the starting of the warfare,” Milley stated, including “the deliberate focusing on of the civilian energy grid, inflicting extreme collateral harm and pointless struggling on the civilian inhabitants is a warfare crime.”
Milley added that greater than 1 / 4 of Ukrainians are estimated to be with out energy all through the nation and that many households will probably be with out warmth as the cruel winter season approaches.
Austin known as Russia’s missile and rocket assaults on civilian infrastructure “deliberate cruelty” and known as on Moscow to finish its “warfare of selection.”
“Russia might put an finish to it [the war] proper now, however they will not. They will proceed that combat till the winter as finest we will inform,” Milley added.
The 2 leaders’ remarks to reporters on the Pentagon adopted the seventh assembly of the Ukraine Protection Contact Group, a coalition of practically 50 nations supporting Kyiv’s navy wants.
Austin reaffirmed U.S. dedication to offer Ukraine with extra safety help for “so long as it takes.” He added that to this point the Biden administration has allotted greater than $18 billion in weapons and help.
“All Ukraine is asking for is the means to combat and we’re decided to offer which means,” Milley stated.
The assembly of the Ukraine Protection Contact Group got here hours after an explosion in Poland sparked Western considerations that Russia’s battle in Ukraine was spilling over into NATO member nations.
Earlier Wednesday, NATO Secretary-Common Jens Stoltenberg stated there was no indication that the missile that struck the Polish border village was deliberate.
Stoltenberg added that preliminary assessments discovered the incident was brought on by an air protection missile launched to “defend Ukrainian territory towards Russian cruise missile assaults.”
He added that Russia was in the end in charge, although, since Moscow provoked the battle with a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in late February.
“Let me be clear, this isn’t Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears final accountability because it continues its unlawful warfare towards Ukraine,” Stoltenberg stated.
Austin echoed comparable sentiments from the Pentagon, saying, “the world is aware of that Russia bears final accountability for this incident.”
Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy requested entry to the location in Poland and for Ukrainian inspectors to hitch the continuing investigation of the explosion.