Reporter) Yes. Another large-scale strike by the Russian military on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has caused power cuts in many places, including in the capital Kyiv. As the number of new corona infections in China exceeds 30,000 per day, authorities are strengthening quarantine measures.
Reporter) Yes. Russia launched a missile attack across Ukraine yesterday (23rd), causing power cuts in many parts of Ukraine, including the capital, Kyiv. The Ukrainian military said Russian forces fired 67 missiles that day.
Host) The Russian military launched a massive missile strike on Ukraine not too long ago, right?
Reporter) Yes. Russia has been carrying out indiscriminate airstrikes across Ukraine since it withdrew from Kherson in southern Ukraine. On the 15th and 17th, around 100 missiles were fired in a pile, mostly at infrastructure facilities, causing power cuts and water cuts one after the other.
Host) Did the bombing cause any injuries?
Reporter) Yes. At least 10 people were killed across Ukraine, and three people were killed and more than 10 injured in the capital, Kyiv. They were sacrificed when two story buildings and infrastructure in the city were bombed by the Russian army attack.
Moderator) How is the current situation in Cuiwu?
Reporter) Yes. As of this morning (24th), electricity is not being supplied to around 70% of the city. Kiu Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said energy companies are trying to restore electricity as soon as possible, but that depends on the balance of the national grid. The bombing caused power cuts not only in the Cjw capital, but also in the western city of Lviv, which borders Poland. Power cuts occurred in several places, including the southern Mkolaiu. On the other hand, the neighboring country of Moldova is also experiencing power cuts.
Moderator) Why is Moldova out of power?
Reporter) Yes. Most of Moldova’s electricity facilities were built in the old Soviet era and are connected to Ukraine’s power grid. As a result, the missile attack cut electricity supply to half of Moldova’s territory, Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spuni said.
Moderator) Ukraine’s energy facilities were already taking a serious hit, and this bombing must have added more damage?
Reporter) Yes. The Russian attack appears to be intended to put pressure on Ukraine by cutting off electricity, heating, and water supplies in bad weather and conditions. Yesterday (23rd) the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, told his ambassador to the United Nations to call an urgent meeting of the Security Council to discuss the matter.
Moderator) So, was the Security Council meeting held?
Reporter) Yes. On the same day, an emergency meeting of the Security Council was held. President Zelensky also attended the meeting via video. President Zelensky urged the Security Council to adopt a resolution that would not tolerate any form of energy terrorism. He emphasized that killing civilians and destroying civilian infrastructure was a clear act of terrorism and a crime against humanity. Separately, President Zelensky welcomed the European Union’s designation of Russia as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’.
Host) Has the decision been passed in the European Parliament?
Reporter) Yes. The European Parliament, the EU’s decision-making body, voted yesterday (23rd) on a resolution designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. 494 lawmakers voted in favor, 58 against, and 44 abstained. The European Parliament resolution states that deliberate attacks and atrocities by Russia against Ukrainian civilians, destruction of civilian infrastructure and serious human rights violations are acts of terrorism.
In the midst of this, is the United States going to provide additional military aid to Ukraine?
Reporter) Yes. Secretary of State Tony Blincoln made a statement yesterday (23rd) and revealed plans for additional military aid worth $400 million. Secretary Blincoln said in a statement that “the United States will continue to provide additional military assistance to Ukraine to deter Russia’s continued aggression, including on its critical energy infrastructure.”
Moderator) Specifically, what kind of military support is this time?
Reporter) Yes. The US Department of Defense issued a separate statement. State-of-the-art surface-to-air missile system ‘NASAMS’, fast mobile artillery rocket system ‘HIMARS’ used to protect the White House and Capitol, 150 anti-aircraft guns for drones with thermal imaging sights to defend in against Russian drone attacks, enemy radar anti-radar missiles for the attack of their content.
Host) How much military aid has the United States provided to Ukraine so far?
Reporter) Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the United States has provided $19.7 billion in military aid to Ukraine. The United States provides humanitarian aid as well as military aid. The US Treasury Department announced on the 22nd that it would provide separate support of $4.5 billion for relief and recovery efforts in Ukraine.
Moderator) The Biden administration is committed to continuing to support Ukraine. Will the results of the US mid-term elections earlier this month affect future support for Ukraine?
Reporter) Yes. As the Republican Party becomes the majority in the House of Representatives in the 118th Federal Assembly, which will be launched in January next year, there is a possibility that the amount of support for Ukraine will be reduced. Immediately after the midterm elections, Republican and Democratic leaders pledged unwavering support for Ukraine. However, Republican House Representative Kevin McCarthy, who is considered the next Speaker of the House, repeatedly emphasized that he would not provide unconditional ‘blank check’ support, and expressed his intention to strengthen the application standards.
Host) Global Village Today, this time we will go to China. Is the new coronavirus situation in China serious?
Reporter) Yes. The number of new infections per day in China has reached an all-time high. The ‘AP’ and ‘CNN’ broadcasts reported today (24th) that the number of new infections that occurred in mainland China on the 23rd was 31,444.
Moderator) Isn’t it more infected than when Shanghai was sealed in April?
Reporter) That’s right. The highest record so far was 29,317 on April 13th. This is the first time that the number of new infections per day in China has exceeded 30,000 since the first report of a new coronavirus infection in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.
Moderator) Have there been any recent deaths?
Reporter) Yes. Chinese authorities this week reported the first death in six months. According to Chinese media, there have been three deaths in the capital, Beijing, over the past few days. According to the official announcement of the Chinese government, China’s corona death toll is 5,232.
Moderator) In the midst of this, the Chinese government is strengthening its quarantine policy again?
Reporter) Yes. China has been implementing the so-called ‘Zero Covid’ policy which will not tolerate a single corona for the past two years. The negative impact on the economy and the decline in public opinion have shown some signs of easing recently. However, as the number of confirmed corona cases increases again, all local governments, including the capital Beijing, are reinforcing quarantine policies again.
Moderator) How is the situation in Beijing?
Reporter) Yes. Beijing has put most of the city in a state of semi-lockdown after more than 1,000 infections emerged for three consecutive days. For example, Chaoyang District, Beijing’s largest administrative district, put a complete blockade on 290 apartment complexes for three days. All the city’s main shopping centers are closed. Food restrictions in restaurants, public places, public transport, and airport users are required to submit a negative gene amplification (PCR) certificate within 48 hours.
Moderator) Tell us about the situation in other regions.
Reporter) Yes. Guangzhou, a large southern city in Guangdong Province, also operates a strong containment policy. The city of Guangzhou announced that it would block off the Baiyun district, the city’s most populated area, for five days from the 21st. As a result, 3.7 million people were locked up. Currently, a large-scale corona investigation is being conducted in Baiyun District. During this period, residents cannot go out unless absolutely necessary. On the other hand, at the ‘Foxconn’ factory in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, there was a bloody clash between workers and the company’s security officers.
Moderator) Foxconn is a place that has recently attracted attention because of the collective exodus of workers, right?
Reporter) Yes. This is where the ‘iPhone’ mobile phone is manufactured. The factory has been operating the factory by blocking contact with the outside world since the middle of last month when the corona resurfaced. Infected workers were also forced to stay in quarantine facilities at the factory. There was even a situation where many workers who felt worried about this ran away en masse.
Host) How did the workers’ protest happen?
Reporter) It is known that this is due to dissatisfaction due to non-payment of wages and the continued spread of the infection. Workers staged protests protesting that food was not even being supplied properly due to the ongoing blockade. On social media like Twitter, a video of workers, security guards and police in protective suits holding clubs and fighting fiercely has been uploaded.
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