Russia, Ukraine again bombing Cuiw 70% blackout…China exceeds 30,000 new corona infections in one day

Russia, Ukraine again bombing Cuiw 70% blackout…China exceeds 30,000 new corona infections in one day
Russia, Ukraine again bombing Cuiw 70% blackout…China exceeds 30,000 new corona infections in one day

It is ‘Global Village Today’ that delivers major news from various countries around the world.

Host) What news do you have today?

Reporter) Yes. Another large-scale missile strike by the Russian military on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has caused power outages in many places, including in the capital Kyiv. As the number of new corona infections in China exceeded 30,000 a day, authorities are strengthening quarantine measures.

Host) Global Village Today, we start with news from Ukraine. The Russian military has launched another airstrike against Ukrainian energy facilities?

Reporter) Yes. Russia launched a missile attack across Ukraine yesterday (23rd), causing power outages 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 throughout Ukraine since it withdrew from Kherson in southern Ukraine. On the 15th and 17th, about 100 missiles were fired in a pile, mainly on infrastructure facilities, causing power outages and water outages one after another.

Host) Did the bombing cause any casualties?

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’s attack.

Moderator) How is the current situation in Cuiwu?

Reporter) Yes. As of this morning (24th), electricity is not supplied to about 70% of the city. Kiu Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said energy companies are trying to restore electricity as quickly as possible, but that depends on the balance of the national grid. The bombing caused power outages not only in the capital city of Cjw, but also in the western city of Lviv, which borders Poland. Power outages occurred in many places, including the southern Mkolaiu. On the other hand, the neighboring country of Moldova is also experiencing power outages.

Moderator) Why is Moldova out of power?

Reporter) Yes. Most of Moldova’s electricity facilities were built in the former Soviet era and are connected to Ukraine’s power grid. As a result, the missile attack cut off electricity supply to half of Moldova’s territory, said Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spuni.

Moderator) Ukraine’s energy facilities were already taking a serious hit, and this bombing must have added more damage?

Reporter) Yes. Russia’s attack seems to be intended to put pressure on Ukraine by cutting off electricity, heating, and water supplies in harsh weather and poor conditions. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky yesterday (23rd) instructed his ambassador to the United Nations to call an emergency meeting of the Security Council to discuss the issue.

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. At the same time, he emphasized that killing civilians and destroying civilian infrastructure is 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 resolution 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’s resolution states that deliberate attacks and atrocities by Russia against Ukrainian civilians, destruction of civilian infrastructure and serious human rights violations constitute acts of terrorism.

In the midst of this, is the US 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 support worth $400 million. “The United States will continue providing additional military assistance to Ukraine to thwart unrelenting Russian aggression, including on critical energy infrastructure,” Blincoln said in his statement.

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’, high-speed mobile artillery rocket system ‘HIMARS’ used to defend the White House and Capitol, 150 anti-aircraft guns for drones equipped with thermal imaging sights to defend against Russian drone attacks, enemy radar Anti-radar missiles for attack were included.

Host) How much military aid has the US provided to Ukraine so far?

Reporter) Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the US has provided $19.7 billion in military aid to Ukraine. The United States is providing humanitarian aid as well as military aid. The US Treasury Department announced on the 22nd that it would provide a separate support of $4.5 billion for relief and recovery efforts in Ukraine.

Moderator) The Biden government is committed to continuing support for Ukraine. Will the results of the US midterm 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 scale of support for Ukraine will be reduced. Immediately after the midterm elections, both Republican and Democratic leaders pledged unwavering support for Ukraine. However, Republican House Representative Kevin McCarthy, who is considered the next House Speaker, repeatedly emphasized that he would not provide unconditional so-called ‘blank check’ support, and expressed his intention to strengthen the application standards.

A man is tested for coronavirus in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. (data photo)

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. ‘AP’ and ‘CNN’ broadcasts reported today (24th) that the number of new infections occurred in mainland China on the 23rd was 31,444.

Moderator) Isn’t it more infected than when Shanghai was sealed off in April?

Reporter) That’s right. The highest record so far was 29,317 on April 13th. It 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) Has 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 that it will not tolerate a single corona for the past two years. The negative impact on the economy and deterioration in public opinion have shown some signs of easing recently. However, as the number of corona confirmed cases surged again, each local government, including the capital Beijing, is reinforcing quarantine policies again.

Moderator) How is the situation in Beijing?

Reporter) Yes. Beijing has put most of the city into a semi-lockdown state after more than 1,000 infections came out for three consecutive days. For example, Chaoyang District, Beijing’s largest administrative district, imposed a total blockade on 290 apartment complexes for three days. All major shopping centers in the city are closed. Meal restrictions in restaurants, public places, public transportation, and airport users are required to present a gene amplification (PCR) negative certificate within 48 hours.

Moderator) Please tell us about the situation in other regions.

Reporter) Yes. Guangzhou, a large southern city in Guangdong Province, is also implementing a strong containment policy. The city of Guangzhou announced that it would block the Baiyun district, the most populous district in the city, for five days from the 21st. As a result, 3.7 million people were subject to lockdown. 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, a bloody clash broke out between workers and company security officers.

Moderator) Foxconn is a place that has recently attracted attention due to the collective escape of workers, right?

Reporter) Yes. It is the place where the mobile phone ‘iPhone’ is produced. The factory has been operating the factory by blocking contact with the outside world since the middle of last month when the corona re-proliferated. Infected employees were also forced to stay in quarantine facilities within the factory. There was even a situation where many employees who felt anxious about this escaped en masse.

Host) How did the workers’ protest take place?

Reporter) It is known that this is due to dissatisfaction due to non-payment of wages and the continued spread of infection. Workers staged protests protesting that even food was not properly supplied due to the ongoing blockade. On social media such as Twitter, a video of workers, security guards and police in protective suits holding clubs and fighting fiercely has been uploaded.

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