Ukraine war news latest: Toll from Russian strike on Dnipro rises to 14 as Sunak confirms tanks supply to Kyiv
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The death toll from a Russian missile attack that destroyed an apartment building in the city of Dnipro has risen to 14, the regional governor said today.
“The search operation is ongoing,” Valentyn Reznichenko, governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region of east-central Ukraine, wrote during the small hours on Telegram.
Some 38 people had been rescued, about two dozen were missing and an unknown number of residents remained trapped under a massive pile of debris after yesterday’s attack that injured at least 64, Mr Reznichenko said.
The announcement comes after the US promised 50 Bradley tank-killing armoured vehicles in its biggest military assistance package for Ukraine to date.
Earlier this week, Western officials warned Ukraine would not be able to take back significant territory from Russia without an increase in fighting power – including tanks and other heavy armour.
ICYMI: Russia’s mercenary Wagner group ‘launch recruitment drive’
Attempts by the Russian private military contractor Wagner Group to try ando recruit soldiers in Serbia and elsewhere in the world is something that “cannot stand,” a senior US official has said.
State Department counselor Derek Chollet said he voiced these concerns during talks in Belgrade with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
“We have seen that the Wagner Group is seeking to recruit soldiers from Serbia and elsewhere and that’s something we think cannot stand,” he said.
Joe Middleton15 January 2023 06:00
Surgeons ‘remove unexploded grenade lodged in Ukrainian soldier’s chest’
Remarkable pictures show a hand grenade said to have been lodged in a Ukrainian soldier’s chest before surgeons removed it.
The unexploded device, just beneath the heart of the soldier, was taken out in the presence of two sappers to ensure the safety of the medical staff.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar15 January 2023 05:30
Death toll from Dnipro attack at 14
The death toll from a Russian missile attack that destroyed an apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro has risen to 14, while rescuers toiled through the night searching for survivors, the regional governor said today.
“The search operation is ongoing,” Valentyn Reznichenko, governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region of east-central Ukraine, wrote on the Telegram.
Some 38 people had been rescued, about two dozen were missing and an unknown number of residents remained trapped under a massive pile of debris after the yesterday afternoon attack that injured at last 64, Mr Reznichenko said.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar15 January 2023 04:38
Rocket debris found again in Moldova
Moldovan authorities said yesterday that the remains of a rocket “originating from Russia’s air attacks on Ukraine” was found by border officials in a northern village near the country’s border with war-torn Ukraine.
Moldova’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that the rocket debris was discovered in the village of Larga, in Briceni county, and that a bomb squad was deployed to the area, which was cordoned off.
The ministry didn’t specify when the rocket was fired or who fired it. Photographs of the debris posted on the ministry’s Facebook page show what appears to be a jumble of electrical wires and some of the rocket’s casing in the middle of a field.
Moldovan authorities said on Saturday that the remains of a rocket “originating from Russia’s air attacks on Ukraine” was found by border officials in a northern village near to the country’s border with war-torn Ukraine
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar15 January 2023 04:30
Zelensky compares ‘Ruscism’ to Nazism
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky drew comparisons between “Ruscism” (Russian fascism) and Nazism after a fresh barrage of Russian missile strikes.
The war-time president spoke about the recent Russian attack in Dnipro that killed at least 14 people and destroyed an apartment building.
“This apartment block in Dnipro was on a street called Naberezhna Peremohy (Victory Embankment),” he said in his nightly address.
“When they gave this name to this street, they had in mind the victory over the Nazis in the Second World War.”
Mr Zelensky added: “Ruscists took over everything from that enemy of the free world. It’s obvious. And we must do everything we can to stop Ruscism, just as the free world once stopped Nazism.”
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar15 January 2023 04:16
ICYMI: Scholz: will weigh each step carefully on Ukraine arms
Germany will continue to “weigh every step carefully” and consult with its allies on further weapons deliveries to Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Friday as he faces mounting pressure to approve German-made battle tanks for Kyiv.
Germany has given Ukraine substantial military aid since Russia invaded, including howitzers, Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns and the first of four IRIS-T surface-to-air missile systems.
Last week, it announced that it would send 40 Marder armored personnel carriers — a step that came alongside similar moves by the U.S. and France — and as well as a Patriot air defense missile battery.
Joe Middleton15 January 2023 04:00
Violence soars in Mali in the year after Russians arrive
Alou Diallo says he was drinking tea with his family one morning last month when groups of “white soldiers” invaded his village in central Mali, setting fire to houses and gunning down people suspected of being Islamic extremists. He scrambled to safety in the bush, but his son was shot and wounded while fleeing, then was finished off as he lay on the ground.
“I watched my 16-year-old son die,” Diallo told The Associated Press in Mali’s capital, Bamako, where he lives in a makeshift camp for displaced people. As he recounted that awful Saturday in his village of Bamguel, the 47-year-old former cattle breeder made no attempt to hide the anger toward the troops, which he believed to be Russian mercenaries, who turned his world upside down.
“I really want peace to return and things to go back to normal,” he said. “Here in Bamako, I live a life I didn’t choose.”
Western officials say violence against civilians in Mali has risen in the year since hundreds of Russian mercenaries have started working alongside the West African country’s armed forces to stem a decade-long insurgency by Islamic extremists
Joe Middleton15 January 2023 03:00
Germany opens its 2nd liquefied natural gas terminal
Germany on Saturday inaugurated its second liquefied natural gas terminal, part of a drive by Europe‘s biggest economy to put reliance on Russian energy sources firmly behind it.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz took part in the ceremony in Lubmin on the Baltic Sea coast, which came less than a month after he inaugurated Germany’s first LNG terminal at Wilhelmshaven on the North Sea. Several more are expected to go online in the coming months, including another in Lubmin.
Joe Middleton15 January 2023 02:00
The question of whether Ukraine will join Nato can – and must – wait
Editorial: Despite the success in Donetsk, this is a weak moment for Russia, and the West should ensure that Ukraine can take full advantage of it.
Joe Middleton15 January 2023 01:00
ICYMI: ‘Looking for publicity’ in a war zone: Ex-military chiefs warn ‘loose cannon’ Boris Johnson against Ukraine trip
Senior military figures have criticised Boris Johnson and accused him of “looking for publicity” in a warzone after it was revealed he plans to visit Ukraine.
The former head of the army, Lord Dannatt, also warned that the ex-prime minister was a “loose cannon” whose plan could upstage Rishi Sunak.
Mr Johnson intends to travel to Kyiv in the coming months to show his support for the war-torn country, it has been reported.
Joe Middleton14 January 2023 23:59