Boris Johnson visits Ukraine amid fresh sleaze allegations
Ukrainian officials have issued an air raid alert across the country as Russia wages a “massive missile attack.”
The news comes as president Volodymyr Zelensky said he was “not interested” in meeting “nobody” Vladimir Putin for peace talks.
Odesa Oblast Governor Maksym Marchenko confirmed that the Russian military was “preparing to launch a massive missile attack on Ukraine with the use of aircraft and ships.”
Two missiles were spotted over Ukraine, with officials ordering the public to take shelter on Thursday morning.
“Missiles are flying inside the territory of Ukraine. At least two northwest through Mykolaiv region,” Mykolaiv governor Vitaly Kim stated via the Telegram messaging app.
In an exclusive interview with Sky News, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky remarked that he “doesn’t understand who makes decisions in Russia.” Moscow asks for peace, but it attacks Ukraine with missiles, he furthered.
Mr Zelensky dismissed the idea of peace talks with Mr Putin, telling Kay Burley: “It is not interesting for me. Not interesting to meet, not interesting to speak.”
Air raid alert issued across Ukraine as Russia launches ‘massive missile attack’
Ukrainian officials have declared an air raid alert across the country, including in Kyiv, following the threat of a major missile attack by Russian forces.
Odesa Oblast Governor Maksym Marchenko remarked that Russian military was “preparing to launch a massive missile attack on Ukraine with the use of aircraft and ships.”
On the Telegram messaging app, Mykolaiv governor Vitaly Kim stated that two missiles were spotted over Ukraine. Officials ordered the public to take shelter.
“Missiles are flying inside the territory of Ukraine. At least two northwest through Mykolaiv region,” he said.
Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak has now confirmed that the first Russian missiles had been shot down.
The military said that its anti-aircraft defences had shot down all 24 drones sent by Russia overnight.
DTEK, Ukraine’s largest energy producer, also stated that it was conducting emergency power shutdowns in Kyiv, the surrounding region, and the regions of Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk as a result of the threat of a missile attack.
Eleanor Noyce26 January 2023 07:19
Zelensky “not interested” in meeting Putin for peace talks, calling him a “nobody”
In an exclusive interview with Sky News, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky remarked that he “doesn’t understand who makes decisions in Russia.” Moscow asks for peace, but it attacks Ukraine with missiles, he furthered.
Zelensky dismissed the idea of peace talks with Putin, telling Kay Burley: “It is not interesting for me. Not interesting to meet, not interesting to speak… I really don’t understand who makes decisions in Russia.”
He added that “After a full-scale invasion, for me [Mr Putin] is nobody.”
He also confirmed that the Ukrainian people are his priority, adding: “I don’t want to fight on Russian territory.
“I just want them to stop the war as quickly as possible, and leave our country as fast as possible.
“I can tell you for sure if they leave our territory, the war will stop. That’s all.”
Eleanor Noyce26 January 2023 07:25
Meme depicts Ukraine’s newest tank brigades meeting for the first time
A Twitter meme video has made light of Western allies sending in new tanks to help Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.
Created by user @SecretNofun, the clip shows three men who are labelled as Challenger 2, Abrams and Leopard 2 tanks dancing to “Be My Lover” by La Bouche.
The US is expected to send 30 M1 Abrams tanks, while Berlin will supply 14 Leopard 2 tanks from military stocks as a first step, alongside the UK’s 14 Challenger 2 tanks.
Meme depicts Ukraine’s newest tank brigades meeting for the first time
A Twitter meme video has made light of Western allies sending in new tanks to help Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. Created by user @SecretNofun, the clip shows three men who are labelled as Challenger 2, Abrams, and Leopard 2 tanks dancing to “Be My Lover” by La Bouche. The US is expected to send 30 M1 Abrams tanks, while Berlin will supply 14 Leopard 2 tanks from military stocks as a first step, alongside the UK’s 14 Challenger 2 tanks. The pledges come after an appeal from Volodymyr Zelensky for more weapons. Sign up for our newsletters.
Namita Singh26 January 2023 07:00
Explainer: Why the US flipped on sending tanks to Ukraine
For months, US officials balked at sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, insisting they were too complicated and too hard to maintain and repair.
Yesterday, that abruptly changed. Ukraine’s desperate pleas for tanks were answered with a sweeping, trans-Atlantic yes.
The dramatic reversal was the culmination of intense international pressure and diplomatic arm-twisting that played out over the last week. And it resulted in a quick succession of announcements: The US said it will send 31 of the 70-ton Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine, and Germany announced it will send 14 Leopard 2 tanks and allow other countries to do the same.
A look at the massive battle weapon, why it is important to Ukraine’s war with Russia, and what drove the Biden administration’s tank turnabout:
Namita Singh26 January 2023 06:30
Update: Ukraine declares air raid alert
Ukraine has declared an air raid alert over most of the country this morning, and regional authorities warned of a possible missile attack.
The DTEK electricity company said it was performing emergency shutdowns of electro power in the capital Kyiv, the rest of the Kyiv region, and also the regions of Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk due to a danger of missile attack.
Namita Singh26 January 2023 06:27
Breaking: Ukraine declares air raid alert
Ukraine has declared an air raid alert over most of country, with the authorities warning of a possible imminent missile attack.
Namita Singh26 January 2023 06:15
Editorial: Germany and America’s tank pledge to Ukraine fulfils their obligation to peace
Chancellor Scholz and his colleagues deserve the thanks of the whole world for their contribution to the security of independent nations everywhere.
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Emily Atkinson26 January 2023 06:00
Ukraine’s Odesa city put on Unesco heritage in danger list
The United Nations’ cultural agency decided yesterday to add the historic centre of Ukraine’s Black Sea port city of Odesa to its list of endangered World Heritage sites.
The decision was made at an extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris.
Unesco director general Audrey Azoulay praised the move, saying the “legendary port that left its mark in cinema, literature and arts” is “now placed under the reinforced protection of the international community.”
Namita Singh26 January 2023 05:30
Japan’s top finance diplomat calls Ukraine responses G7 top priority
Japan, as this year’s G7 chair, expects Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to dominate talks this year among the world’s major advanced economies, its top finance diplomat, Masato Kanda, told Reuters.
“Sanctions against Russia and support for Ukraine will be a top priority at G7 finance track under Japan’s chair,” Mr Kanda, who will oversee deputy-level negotiations on economic policy among the Group of Seven (G7) nations this year, said in an interview.
Among other issues at the top of the G7 agenda would be global debt problems, he said.
While aggressive US interest rate increases last year weighed on emerging market dollar-denominated debt, middle-income countries have been left without an international arrangement to address the debt crisis.
“Japan is closely coordinating with international organs such as Paris club or IMF in order to ensure participating of non-Paris Club members such as China and India,” Mr Kanda said yesterday.
“It is desirable to work with these non-Paris Club countries in the same way with the Common Framework,” he said, referring to a Group of 20 mechanism designed to provide a swift and comprehensive debt overhaul to nations buckling under debt burdens after the Covid-19 shock.
“If this realised, it would pave the way for other middle-income countries to carry out with debt restructuring.”
Namita Singh26 January 2023 05:15
Western tanks set for Ukraine as Sunak hails ‘right decision’
Dozens of Nato’s modern battle tanks are to be sent to Ukraine to bolster the fight against Vladimir Putin’s invasion, ending weeks of diplomatic deadlock over the supply of armour to the country.
German chancellor Olaf Scholz approved the supply of the Leopard 2 to Kyiv, which would also allow other allies operating the tanks to re-export them.
Prime minister Rishi Sunak said it was the “right decision”, and the move would bolster Ukraine’s “defensive firepower”.
The US confirmed it will send 31 M1 Abrams tanks to the warzone.
Namita Singh26 January 2023 05:00
Source : https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-ukraine-war-abrams-tank-latest-b2269446.html