Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning the West that the world’s entire energy infrastructure is under threat

Vladimir Putin warned yesterday that the entire world energy infrastructure could be attacked in a thinly veiled threat to the West.

The Nord Stream gas pipeline explosions, widely blamed on Russian sabotage, were an act of terrorism that set “the most dangerous precedent,” he said.

“It shows that every extremely important object of transport, energy or utility infrastructure is under threat, regardless of where it is located or who manages it,” the Russian president said at an energy forum in Moscow.

Putin’s forces suffered further setbacks on the battlefield yesterday. Ukraine shot down at least four Russian helicopters in less than 20 minutes during intense fighting in the south.

Anti-aircraft missile units shot down the plane between 8:40 a.m. and 8:58 a.m., the Ukrainian Air Force said, hailing it as a major success in its offensive near Russian-held Kherson.

A Russian aircraft, reportedly a Ka-52 attack helicopter, crashed in an area recently liberated by Kremlin forces, while the remaining three crashed behind enemy lines.

The helicopters were “providing fire support to ground crews heading south” when they were shot down, the Air Force said, adding that two other helicopters were also targeted and may have crashed.

Russia’s Defense Ministry did not confirm the reports, but its air force is believed to have suffered heavy casualties amid the ongoing Ukrainian offensive.

Ukrainian forces reported further progress in their ongoing counteroffensive, with the southern command saying its forces had liberated five villages in the Kherson region.

Ukraine’s military said its forces repelled attacks in eastern Ukraine, including in Novosadove, a strategic town near Severodonetsk, and Mayorsk, south of Bakhmut.

Meanwhile, Russia continued to bombard southern and eastern Ukraine with missiles and drones. In Nikopol, a town across the Dnipro River, three people, including a six-year-old girl, were seriously injured in Russian attacks.

Dozens of homes, a school and two factories were damaged by blasts, authorities said.

Near Mykolayiv, Ukrainian forces shot down eight Kalibr cruise missiles and nine Iranian-made kamikaze drones, preventing a large loss of life, the governor said.

Zaporizhia suffered another night of indiscriminate attacks when Russian forces fired seven rockets.

More than 70 people have been killed in the city since Russia’s first major attack on September 30, said Oleksandr Starukh, the city’s governor. He accused Russia of targeting civilians. “All missiles [used] against the city are precision missiles: they hit what they’re supposed to hit,” he said.

“These scumbags are targeting residential buildings, that’s why we have so many victims.”

Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, confirmed reports that the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant lost all external power for most of the day.

He said power was finally restored in the evening, but the incident showed “how precarious the situation” is at the nuclear power plant.

Mr Grossi, who met Putin in Moscow on Tuesday, said he was on his way to Kyiv to negotiate a protection zone around the plant.

Separately, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s President, arrived in Kazakhstan to meet with Putin in what appeared to be another attempt to get the Russian leader to sit down for talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Putin recently said Moscow is open to peace talks as long as Kyiv recognizes Russia’s sovereignty over parts of southern and eastern Ukraine that Russia annexed earlier this month.

Mr Zelenskyy has made it clear that he will not negotiate with Russia while Putin is still in power.

At least 90,000 of Putin’s troops have been killed or injured in the war so far, according to information leaked by the security services to Russian media outlet iStories. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022) Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning the West that the world’s entire energy infrastructure is under threat

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