Ukraine latest news: Kyiv demands more jets as Putin ‘throwing troops into meat grinder’

Moment Zelensky said tanks would be delivered

Renewing calls for fighter jets, a senior official in Ukraine has said that US and German tank pledges are “only the beginning.”

Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, made the comments after President Zelensky praised the decision by western allies.

“The key now is speed and volumes. Speed ​​in training our forces, speed in supplying tanks to Ukraine. The numbers in tank support”, he said in his nightly video address on Wednesday.

After weeks of speculation, Biden approved sending 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. Germany confirmed it would make 14 of its Leopard 2A6 tanks available, giving partner countries its permission to re-export other tanks.

The news comes as Ukrainian officials have issued an air raid alert across the country as Russia wages a “massive missile attack.”

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.

Mr. Zelensky dismissed the idea of ​​peace talks with “nobody” Mr. Putin, telling Sky News: “It is not interesting for me. Not interesting to meet, not interesting to speak.” He added that Putin was a “nobody.”

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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 the 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 defenses 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

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Ukraine renews calls for fighter jets following the US tank pledge

Renewing calls for fighter jets, a senior official in Ukraine has said that US and German tank pledges are “only the beginning.”

Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, made the comments after President Zelensky praised the decision by western allies.

“The key now is speed and volumes. Speed ​​in training our forces, speed in supplying tanks to Ukraine. The numbers in tank support”, he said in his nightly video address on Wednesday.

After weeks of speculation, Biden approved sending 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. Germany confirmed it would make 14 of its Leopard 2A6 tanks available to Ukraine, giving partner countries its permission to re-export other tanks.

Zelensky celebrated the “extremely good news”, labeling the US decision a “very powerful step.”

“There is a tank coalition. There is a decision to launch the supply of tanks for our defense. Modern tanks”, he added.

Eleanor Noyce26 January 2023 08:40

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Russia ‘throwing soldiers into the meat grinder’, Zelensky says

In an interview with Sky News, Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky discussed an anticipated Russian offensive.

“We see their attacks are stronger there may be a couple of surges,” he told Kay Burley.

“[It] depends on our strength and how we can repel their attacks.

“The east is losing a lot of people. They don’t care about that. We count their losses. 1,000s of soldiers – they just throw them into the meat grinder.”

Eleanor Noyce26 January 2023 08:18

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Expert reveals ‘chilling’ signs that Putin has become ‘reckless and emotional’

Alexander Gabuev, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, has spoken out about the potentially worrying signs of Putin’s state of mind following comments he made yesterday.

“Putin’s remark about ‘Ukrainian nationalists’ shooting Ukrainian soldiers in the back in order to prevent them from defecting captures the challenge Kyiv and the West are facing: a reckless, emotional leader who has boxed himself into a terrible information bubble,” Gabuev stated in a series of Twitter posts.

“Why is this important? Because some crucial decisions the Kremlin makes about the war may be based on the same quality ‘information’ as Putin has shared today. The fact that there is no dispassionate interagency process in Russia, but an emotional and misinformed leader is chilling”, he added.

“This reality must feature prominently in quiet discussions that Western supporters of Ukraine have with leaders in Kyiv.

“There is a risk of overestimating Putin’s rationality and neglecting his growing detachment from reality when trying to redraw Moscow’s red lines. So far the West managed to do it in a firm, but careful manner avoiding doomsday scenarios.”

Eleanor Noyce26 January 2023 08:07

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Zelensky reveals when he believes peace talks will begin

In an interview with Sky News, President Zelensky was asked about the prospect of peace talks with Putin.

He was not optimistic about talks with “nobody” Putin, but he did outline the conditions under which he believed that negotiations could begin.

“They don’t want talks and this was the case before the invasion,” he told Kay Burley.

“President Putin decided so. I am convinced that Ukraine is just the first step for him.

“I am convinced that he is waging a big war.

“We hope that once Russia pulls its troops back to their territory, they will admit their big mistakes and there will be a new government in the Russian Federation.

“We are neighbors. It will only be then that we will be resolving this situation.

“Then, probably, talks will be possible.”

Eleanor Noyce26 January 2023 07:57

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Western countries have made “no clear indication” of the number of tanks to be given to Ukraine, says Yuriy Sak

Western countries have made “no clear indication” of how many tanks will be given to Ukraine, an advisor to the country’s defense minister has said.

Yuriy Sak told the BBC Radio 4 Today program: “We need 300 to 400 tanks for this to be a game changer.

“This tank coalition consisting of different countries, we have no clear indication of how many tanks each country will provide. We have communicated to our partners that this is the number that we need.

“If you want to stop missile terror, you need to receive the weapons that will allow us to defeat the enemy on the battlefield.

“The sooner we defeat Russia on the battlefield using Western weapons the sooner we will be able to stop this missile terror and restore peace.”

Eleanor Noyce26 January 2023 07:53

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Zelensky declines to say whether Johnson should get an official role representing Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky has declined to say whether Boris Johnson should get an official role representing the UK on Ukraine.

He laughed at the suggestion in an interview with Sky Newsappearing to indicate that Mr. Johnson might not be ready for such a role.

“He is a good guy,” he said. “Who knows? With pleasure, with pleasure, really.”

Asked if he would support another bid by Mr. Johnson to become PM, Mr. Zelensky said: “I think that it is not correct for me to support Johnson to be prime minister.

“We have good relations with Sunak. I think we had longer relations with Johnson, because it was longer.

“I saw Johnson in different situations, I saw him not in war and then in full-scale war, that’s why we have special relations.”

Eleanor Noyce26 January 2023 07:44

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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 continued.

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 quickly 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

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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 labeled 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 labeled 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

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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

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