Blinken: Russia is waging a barbaric war against civilians, because it fails to defeat Ukraine militarily

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken today in Bucharest strongly condemned the Russian attacks on civilians and the electricity grid in Ukraine and announced the continuation of NATO's strong support for that country.

At the end of a two-day meeting of foreign ministers of NATO members, Blinken told reporters that Russian President Vladimir Putin is "waging a war against civilians because he is failing to defeat Ukraine militarily," calling it a "barbaric act."

"And he's doing it by trying to destroy Ukraine's energy infrastructure, turn off the lights, turn off the heat and water so that civilians suffer." It is clear to me (after the meeting) that (NATO's) support for Ukraine remains strong and determined," Blinken stressed.

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmitry Kuleba, who met with Blinken on the sidelines of the meeting, told reporters that at the NATO ministerial meeting, Ukraine received numerous promises from several members of the Alliance regarding the delivery of additional weapons and energy equipment.

Kuleba, however, did not want to answer the journalist's questions whether these promises also refer to the "Patriot" anti-aircraft defense system, which Ukraine persistently demands from the Alliance. The delivery of the Patriot system to Ukraine will significantly improve its air defense.

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