Dutch Foreign Minister calls for more military aid for Ukraine – from bomb shelter in Kyiv

15 November 2022, 08:23 PM
Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstr (Photo:REUTERS/Piroschka Van de Wouw)

Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstr (Photo:REUTERS/Piroschka Van de Wouw)

The Russian latest mass missile strike will only motivate the West to continue supporting Ukraine and send even more aid to it, Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstr said from a Kyiv bomb shelter, as Russia sent a hail of cruise missiles against Ukraine on Nov. 15

Hoekstr, who was visiting Kyiv and had earlier met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, was forced to take cover in a bomb shelter when the air raid sirens began to wail in Kyiv at 2.21 p.m.

Over the next four hours, Russia fired around 100 cruise missiles at civilian energy infrastructure around the country, causing widespread blackouts. Half of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv was left without power in the wake of the strike.

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Three residential buildings in the capital’s government quarter, Pechersk District, were impacted during the missile attack.

Hoekstr called on the world to pay attention to Russia's deeds, not Russia's words, CNN reported.

He said the latest Russian attack demonstrated Russian dictator Vladimir “Putin’s willingness to resort to criminal methods."

"There can only be one answer to that," he said.

"And that is to continue – continue to support Ukraine, continue to deliver weapons, continue to work on justice, continue to work on the provision of humanitarian aid."

He added the Russia missile strike would motivate other countries even more "to stay standing shoulder to shoulder" with Ukraine.

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