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Putin vows to keep shelling Ukraine’s power grid at ‘heroes’ drinks reception

Russian president says he will not be deterred by ‘noise’ about strikes on energy infrastructure

Drinking what appeared to be sparkling wine, Vladimir Putin has vowed to keep battering Ukraine’s energy grid despite an outcry against the systematic attacks that have plunged millions into the cold and dark as winter sets in.

Speaking after an awards ceremony for “Heroes of Russia” at the Kremlin on Thursday, the president addressed a group of soldiers. Acknowledging the targeted attacks by Russia, Putin blamed Ukraine for initiating a trend of attacking civilian infrastructure, pointing to a blast on a key bridge between the Russian mainland and the annexed Crimean peninsula.

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