COMMISSION BRIEFING NOTICE
Members of the Commission and their staff are respectfully invited to attend the following Commission staff-led briefing:
RUSSIA’S INFRASTRUCTURE TERRORISTS
Thursday, December 8, 2022
Russia, in its brutal war against Ukrainians, has been ruthlessly and methodically targeting Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and other civilian objects, plunging millions of Ukrainians, including children and the elderly, into darkness and cold. Schools, hospitals, maternity wards, and kindergartens have not been able to function. And while there are no reliable estimates on the number of civilian deaths that may be attributed to this infrastructure terrorism, it’s clear Russia is targeting infrastructure to maximize pain to civilians and damage their property. As a prominent Russian propaganda channel sickeningly put it, “… it is difficult to believe in victory when funerals come to your own friends, and you yourself are without light, heat and water, going to bathroom in a bucket.” Russia’s goal is to demoralize and terrorize Ukrainians which is a crime against humanity under international humanitarian law.
Ukrainians have responded to this terror with heroic efforts to restore power grid, water, and heating to as many citizens as possible as fast as possible. However, Russia’s attacks continue and the Ukrainian grid teeters on the brink of failure under stresses no civilian power was ever designed to withstand.
This briefing will examine the extent of damage to critical infrastructure, the toll in human suffering, and what the United States can do to help Ukrainians survive this cruel winter.
The following panelist is scheduled to participate:
- The Honorable Oleksandra Azarkhina, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine