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The Kremlin says British tanks ‘will burn’ in Ukraine

The Kremlin has said heavy armored vehicles delivered to Ukraine “will burn”, days after Britain announced it would deliver Challenger 2 tanks to the country.

Kremlin press officer Dmitry Peskov was asked by reporters to comment on recent moves by Ukraine’s western allies to supply Kiev with heavier armored vehicles.

He replied that “nothing can change” the intention of Western countries to provide such equipment, but that it would make no difference to the war or “special military operation,” according to comments from the state news agency Tass and translated by Google.

“The special military operation will continue. These tanks are on fire and will burn like the rest. The objectives of the special military operation will be achieved,” he added.

A Challenger 2 main battle tank on display for The Royal Tank Regiment Regimental Parade, on September 24, 2022, in Bulford, England.

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On Saturday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that the UK would supply 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine, making it the first western country to deliver the heavy tanks Kiev has repeatedly requested.

Russia criticized the move, saying it would only escalate the war. The Russian embassy in London tweeted that “Challenger 2 tanks will hardly help the Ukrainian army turn the tide in the field. Still, they will become legitimate large-scale targets for Russian forces.”

— Holly Ellyatt

A Russian-installed official in Crimea says air defenses shot down seven drones

Russian warships are seen for the Navy Day parade in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea, July 23, 2021.

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The Russian-installed governor of Sevastopol in Crimea said on Monday that air defenses downed seven drones over the city in what he called a “botched Ukrainian attack”.

Sevastopol, on the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014, has come under repeated fire since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February. Russian officials have blamed Ukraine for the attacks.

Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev said all drones were shot down over the sea, without any damage to infrastructure. He denied reports in the Ukrainian media that there were explosions in the city and said air defenses continued to monitor the sky, in a post on his Telegram channel.

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German Defense Minister Lambrecht announces his resignation

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (R) attends a meeting with members of a Ukrainian security advisory group at the US Air Force Base in Ramstein, West Germany, on April 26, 2022.

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German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht has asked Chancellor Olaf Scholz for her resignation, she said in a statement Monday, the culmination of growing skepticism about her ability to bring the German military into shape against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine.

“Today I asked the chancellor to remove me from the office of federal defense minister,” Lambrecht, a member of Scholz’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), said in the statement.

Her decision to resign comes as Germany is under pressure to approve an increase in international military support for Kiev, and German defense capabilities have been called into question after several Puma infantry tanks were taken out of service in a recent military exercise .

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Children’s hospital in Kherson city damaged by attack, official says

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the office of the president of Ukraine, said several windows of a children’s hospital in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson were blown out.

Tymoshenko posted on Telegram saying the damage was done when it came under “hostile fire” but gave no further details.

“This time they attacked a children’s hospital. As a result, about 30 windows in the neonatal building (6 floors) were broken,” he said, according to a Google translation of his comments.

There is no information on any casualties, he added. CNBC could not immediately verify his report.

— Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine is likely to hold positions in Soledar, says UK

Britain’s Defense Ministry said on Monday that Ukraine likely maintained positions in Soledar, a city Russia claims to have taken completely.

The ministry said heavy fighting took place in both the Kremina and Bakhmut areas of the Donbas front over the weekend.

As of January 15, 2023, the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) almost certainly maintained their positions in Soledar, north of Bakhmut, despite the persistence of Wagner Group [private military company] attacks,” the ministry said in an intelligence update on Twitter.

Members of Ukraine’s 95th Air Raid Brigade defend an area near the frontline of fighting on Jan. 12, 2023, outside Kremina, Ukraine.

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Around Kremina, a town in Luhansk about 40 miles north of Bakhmut, the fighting is characterized by a complex series of local attacks and counter-attacks in a forested country, the UK said. line to the east on the outskirts of the city of Kremina.”

“Over the past six weeks, both Russia and Ukraine have made hard-fought but limited gains in several sectors,” the ministry noted.

“In these circumstances, a major operational challenge for both sides is generating formations of uncommitted, skilled forces that can leverage tactical successes to create operational breakthroughs.”

— Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine reels from Dnipro attack that killed 35 people

A residential building destroyed after a Russian missile strike on January 15, 2023 in Dnipro, Ukraine.

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Ukraine is reeling from a major Russian missile strike on the central Ukraine city of Dnipro on Saturday after an apartment building was hit.

Dnipro regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko said in an update on Telegram on Monday morning that 35 people had been killed in the attack, including two children. He added that 39 people were rescued and 75 people are known to have been injured in the attack, including 14 children.

Ukraine’s emergency services said on Sunday there were 45 reports of missing persons and that “while 11 people have been identified, the fate of 34 people is being clarified”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Sunday evening a rescue operation continued while debris was cleared from the site of the attack, an attack the president characterized as an act of terrorism by Russia.

“At this time, the fate of more than 30 people who could have been in the house at the time of the terrorists’ missile strike is unknown,” he said in his daily address.

“Dozens of people have been rescued from the rubble, including six children. We are fighting for everyone! The rescue operation will last as long as there is the slightest chance to save lives.”

Firefighter and rescuers carry a girl pulled from the rubble on January 15, 2023 in Dnipro, Ukraine.

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Zelenskyy called on the Russians to condemn the attack, stating: “I want to say to everyone in Russia – and from Russia – who even now could not utter even a few words in condemnation of this terror… Your cowardly silence, your attempt “wait and see” what happens will only end if those same terrorists come after you one day.”

The Ukrainian Air Force said the apartment building was hit by a Russian Kh-22 missile, an anti-ship missile known to be inaccurate. Russia has previously said it does not deliberately attack civilians, but civilian infrastructure, including schools, residential buildings and hospitals, has been hit by rocket attacks on multiple occasions.

— Holly Ellyatt

Everything is going according to plan in Ukraine, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin presides over a meeting with government members via video link from a residence outside Moscow, Russia, on January 11, 2023.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said the dynamics of the war in Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”, are positive.

“The dynamics are positive. Everything is developing within the plan of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff. And I hope that our fighters will please us more than once with the results of their combat work,” Putin said in an interview with the Rossiya -1 TV channel, as reported by the state news agency Tass.

Russia’s defense ministry said on Friday that Russian forces had taken Soledar in the eastern Donetsk region the previous day, after several days of conflicting reports about whether the city had fallen under Russian control.

This capture of AFP video footage shows smoke rising as seen from the outskirts of Soledar, eastern Ukraine on Jan. 11, 2023.

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A ministry spokesman said controlling Soledar allowed it to cut off the supply routes of Ukrainian troops in Bakhmut and then encircle the city, a key target for Russia since its control of the Donetsk region, bordering Luhansk, for months. , wants to expand. and the entire Donbas in Eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine has not admitted defeat in Soledar, with President Volodymyr Zelensky saying on Sunday evening that “the battle for Soledar, for Bakhmut, for the entire Donetsk region, for the Luhansk region continues without any interruption, without any stop.”

— Holly Ellyatt

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