Diplomacy is the only way out of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, says UAE

Residents fill plastic bottles at a water pump in a park in Kyiv on Thursday. AFP

Lana Nusseibeh, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Political Affairs, said in a statement that “since the beginning of the crisis, the United Arab Emirates has called for de-escalation and dialogue, and has supported all diplomatic initiatives in this regard”.

“The United Arab Emirates strongly believes that diplomacy remains the only viable way to end the crisis and shares the deep concerns of the international community about the impact of the current situation on civilians inside and outside. of Ukraine, as well as on regional and international peace, security and stability”. the statement says further.

In times of conflict, our collective responsibility is to spare no effort to identify and follow the paths that lead to the peaceful and rapid resolution of crises.

As such, the UAE remains firmly committed to helping keep channels of communication open, encouraging dialogue, supporting diplomacy, leveraging all the tools at our disposal to alleviate suffering and find a solution. peaceful and lasting that enhances international peace and security and ends the humanitarian impact. on civilians.

Meanwhile, Ukraine battled on Thursday to reconnect water and electricity services to millions cut off after Russia launched dozens of cruise missiles that hit Ukraine’s already crippled power grid .

Ukraine-Russia-2022 EEmergency personnel walk by burnt-out cars at the scene of a Russian bombardment in Kyiv. PA

Ukraine’s energy system is on the verge of collapse and millions of people have been subjected to emergency power cuts in recent weeks after systematic Russian bombardment of the grid.

The World Health Organization has warned of “deadly” consequences and estimated millions of people could leave their homes as a result.

Twenty-four hours after Russian strikes destroyed Kyiv, city officials said 70% of homes were still suffering from emergency blackouts, but water services had been fully restored.

“Energy companies are doing everything possible to restore (services) as soon as possible,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said earlier.

The power-cutting strikes come at a precarious time, with winter setting in and temperatures in the capital hovering just above freezing.

Ukraine has accused Russian forces of launching around 70 cruise missiles as well as drones in attacks that left 10 dead and around 50 injured.

But the Russian Defense Ministry denied hitting targets inside Kyiv and said damage in the capital was caused by Ukrainian and foreign air defense systems.

“Not a single strike was carried out on targets in the city of Kyiv,” he said.

The Kremlin said Ukraine was ultimately responsible for the fallout from the strikes and that Kyiv could end the strikes by acquiescing to Russian demands.

Ukraine “has every chance to resolve the situation, to meet Russia’s demands and, therefore, to put an end to all possible suffering of the civilian population”, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Moscow separately announced that it had issued tens of thousands of Russian passports to residents of four Ukrainian territories, which President Vladimir Putin claimed he annexed in September.

“More than 80,000 people have received passports as citizens of the Russian Federation,” Valentina Kazakova, head of migration at the Interior Ministry, said in remarks relayed by Russian news agencies.

Christi C. Elwood