Is Vladimir Putin trying to freeze millions of Ukrainians to death?

Published on Nov 01, 2022 02:17 PM IST

Russia-Ukraine War: The move has been termed deliberate by experts as Russia is attempting to transform its faltering military fortunes during the past two months.

Russia-Ukraine War: Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AFP)
Russia-Ukraine War: Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AFP)

Russian president Vladimir Putin recently launched a campaign of targeted airstrikes against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure- Moscow's most severe escalation since the beginning of the invasion. Owing to the strikes, Ukrainian civilians have been deprived of heating and electricity.

Read more: Russia giving soldiers Viagra to rape Ukrainians, UN envoy says: Report

The move has been termed deliberate by experts as Russia is attempting to transform its faltering military fortunes during the past two months.

Two experts have said that Vladimir Putin is trying to "freeze millions" of Ukrainians to death and the West must pay heed to this.

In the Atlantic Council, retired public policy professor Dennis Soltys and political science professor Alexander Motyl said that Ukrainians see Moscow's deprivation of heating and "weaponisation of winter" as a "repeat of genocide" by Soviet authorities in the 1930s.

Read more: Vladimir Putin's head of Ukraine mobilisation dies in possible suicide: Report

Ukrainians are calling Putin's "terror-bombing campaign" the "Khlolodomor" which means death by freezing - a similar name to Stalin's famine known to history as the "Holodomor", meaning "death by hunger", the experts said.

“The prospect of a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine now demands the kind of tough and urgent response from the international community that has often been lacking,” the article read.

“Russia's invasion is now entering an ominous new stage. Moscow’s decision to deprive Ukraine's civilian population of heating and other essential services during the winter season places tens of millions of lives in jeopardy,” the experts added.

As Vladimir Putin is seeking to “raise the stakes” through "directly threatening the entire Ukrainian civilian population", it looks like Russia is trying to freeze Ukrainians to death, the experts asserted.

Get Latest World Newsalong with Latest Newsfrom Indiaat Hindustan Times.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    When not reading, this ex-literature student can be found searching for an answer to the question, "What is the purpose of journalism in society?"

SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, February 01, 2023
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals