Mass missile strike causes tragedy in Dnipro, UK and German tanks on their way to Ukraine

16 January, 03:15 PM

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, January 16th, 2023.

•   Russia launched another mass missile strike on Ukraine in the morning of Jan. 14.

Ballistic missile are believed to have been used as part of the attack, and may have been launched from Belarusian territory, Ukraine’s Air Force said. Ukraine’s Air Force does not have the capability to shoot down ballistic missile, the military added. Damage across the country varied, with Kyiv avoiding casualties, though an infrastructure facility was damaged.

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•   The city of Dnipro was worse off – one of the missiles utterly destroyed a residential apartment building, killing dozens and trapping dozens more under rubble.

Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said that early reports indicated that five people were killed and 40 injured — though the number has grown to 40 killed and over 70 injured since then. Twelve children are among the casualties, all of whom were hospitalized. More people remain under the rubble of the building. Emergency services have been conducting rescue operations uninterrupted for over 40 hours, and further casualties are expected.

•   Five countries are ready to transfer German-made Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine.

Ukraine plans to form a brigade out of the tanks, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. Poland plans to send 14 of the tanks, and more countries are waiting to announce their own shipments, Kuleba added. “They want to be 100% sure that Germany will support the transfer,” he explained.

•   UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has agreed to send 12 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine, with the first four to be delivered immediately.

Sunak held talks with UK defense and security chiefs, stressing that the delivery of tanks to Ukraine should be an "operational priority,” according to UK media. In a later statement, the PM’s Office stated that 14 Challengers would be sent to Ukraine in total, though, in contrast to earlier reports, no Apache attack helicopters are part of this military aid package.

•   The Italian government has decided to provide Ukraine with a SAMP/T anti-air missile defense system.

Italian PM Giorgia Meloni has made the corresponding decision several days ago, Italian news reported. Italy has only five SAMP/T batteries, and one of them is currently deployed in Kuwait as part of operation INHERENT RESOLVE. RID reports that “strong pressure from Washington” has helped to speed up the decision process to send the batteries.

•   Israel's new far-right government is unlikely to change the countrys policy towards the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Instead, it plans to continue balancing between Washington and Moscow, Politico reported. Israeli Foreign Minister El Cohen said last week that his government will continue to balance the situation and try to make fewer public statements about the conflict.

•   As part of this balancing act, Israel will both stop benefit payments to Ukrainian refugees in the country, and send smart technologies for missile and drone alerts.

•   Ukrainian ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets met with his Russian counterpart Tatiana Moskalkova in Turkey.

Lubinets said that this was probably the first time the Russian side had come up with some workable proposals on humanitarian questions. “There is no breakthrough, but at least some technical work got done,” he said. “We are exchanging (POW and MIA) lists, information. The issue of the missing people was in focus. There is positive news — our citizens and heroes, who were considered dead, were confirmed alive by the Russian side — 23 of our guys. This is great news.”

•   The day’s long read: Ukrainian serviceman tells about hellish street battles in Soledar

“It’s hell in Soledar” — this is how the former company commander of the Aidar Battalion, Yevhen Dykiy, curtly characterized the hottest spot on the front in an interview with Radio NV on Jan. 12.

•   Don’t miss: The history and present of the famous mines of Soledar

Soledar wasn’t always one of the most dangerous places on Earth. In more peaceful times, the town was known for its famous salt mines. NV explains the history of these mines, and their possible military use by the Russian invaders.

•   In our opinion: A castling of generals: Why Putin appointed Gerasimov in place of Surovikin

In a new op-ed for NV, political scientist Volodymyr Fesenko explains what the recent change in Russian military leadership means for both Russia and Ukraine.

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