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Moment Zelensky told tanks would be delivered

Russia has launched a rush-hour barrage of missiles across Ukraine, killing at least 11 people in nearly a dozen regions across the country.

The attack comes soon after Western allies committed 150 tanks to Kyiv, which Kremlin said it saw as evidence of growing “direct involvement” of the United States and Europe in the 11-month-old war something both deny.

Air raid sirens wailed nationwide, while booms were heard by The Independent around Kyiv, where the head of the city administration said that 15 cruise missiles were shot down.

People rushed into metro stations, underground car parks and basements as the warning of incoming missiles sounded.

Russian forces trained tank, mortar and artillery fire on more than 60 towns and villages in an arc of territory extending from Chernihiv and Sumy regions in the north through Kharkiv region in the northeast and in the focal points of Russian attempts to advance in Donetsk region in the east – Bakhmut and Avdiivka.

Ukraine’s military said it shot down 47 of 59 Russian missiles – some fired from Tu-95 strategic bombers in the Russian Arctic.

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‘Not a single room left intact’: Ukraine faces deadly Russian missile onslaught

Russia pounded Ukraine with missiles and drones, killing at least 11 people, according to officials, after Western allies pledged tanks to Kyiv in its fight against Moscow’s invasion.

Air raid alarms sounded across Ukraine yesterday as people headed to work. In the capital Kyiv, crowds took cover for a time in underground metro stations.

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Halina Panasian, 69, reacts inside her destroyed house after a Russian rocket attack in Hlevakha, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Thursday, 26 January 2023

“Not a single room is left intact, everything got hit,” said Halyna Panosyan, 67, surveying twisted sheets of corrugated metal, crumpled masonry and a large missile crater outside her ruined house in Hlevakha near Kyiv.

“There was an extremely loud strike that made me jump up. I was in the bedroom … I was saved by the fact that the bedroom is to the other side of the house.”

Namita Singh27 January 2023 03:33
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Zelensky reiterates new travel rules for Kyiv officials

An irritated Volodymyr Zelensky – who earlier in the week said government officials and parliamentary deputies would only be allowed to leave the country on government business – on Thursday reiterated the message.

“Unfortunately, I have to repeat it for those who are hard of hearing,” he said in a video address.

Apart from people whose travel had been permitted, “there will be no other trips abroad by officials or deputies during wartime,” he said. “I think that’s fair.”

Sam Rkaina27 January 2023 06:00
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Australia reiterates Ukraine support after Djokovic’s father poses with Russia fans

Prime minister Anthony Albanese today reiterated Australian support for Ukraine and criticised supporters of Russia’s invasion after a video emerged showing Novak Djokovic’s father posing at the Australian Open with fans holding Russian flags.

Police questioned four fans seen with “inappropriate flags and symbols” after a quarter-final match on Wednesday between Russia’s Andrey Rublev and favourite Djokovic, organisers Tennis Australia said.

“I will make this point, that Australia stands with the people of Ukraine. That is Australia’s position and Australia is unequivocal in our support for the rule of international law,” Mr Albanese told a news conference after a reporter asked if Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, should be deported after he was seen posing for pictures with fans holding Russian flags.

“We do not want to see any support given to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, that is having a devastating impact on the people of Ukraine.”

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Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese at the Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony on 26 January 2023 in Canberra, Australia

Mr Albanese did not respond directly to the question about whether Djokovic’s father should be deported.
Srdjan Djokovic could not be reached for comment.

The Serbian player, who was at the centre of a storm of controversy over his Covid-19 vaccination status at last year’s Australian Open, has not commented on the incident and his spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Namita Singh27 January 2023 05:45
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ICYMI: Novak Djokovic’s father poses with Vladimir Putin supporters at Australian Open

Srdjan Djokovic can be seen alongside a man holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it, in footage that emerged on YouTube.

The man was also wearing a t-shirt with the letter ‘Z’ on it, which has become known as the makeshift logo of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. While Srdjan Djokovic poses for pictures, the man also appears to shout: “Long live Russia”.

My colleague Jamie Braidwood reports:

Namita Singh27 January 2023 05:30
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Ukraine will ‘consider Olympics boycott’ if Russians involved in 2024

Ukraine sports minister Vadym Guttsait has warned the country would consider a boycott of the 2024 Paris Olympics if Russia and Belarus athletes were allowed to take part.

The International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday it was continuing to work on a pathway which would enable Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutrals, a move which was criticised by the British Government.

The IOC had advised international sports federations last February – in the days following the start of the invasion of Ukraine – to exclude athletes from their competitions, something IOC president Thomas Bach has since described as a measure to protect those athletes.

Read the details here:

Namita Singh27 January 2023 05:15
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ICYMI: Russia launches deadly barrage of missiles at Kyiv

On Thursday morning Russia launched a rush-hour barrage of missiles across Ukraine, killing at least 11 people in nearly a dozen regions across the country.

Air raid sirens wailed nationwide, while booms were heard by The Independent around Kyiv, where the head of the city administration said that 15 cruise missiles were shot down.

People rushed into metro stations, underground car parks and basements as the warning of incoming missiles sounded. It is something that the residents of the city have grown used to, with families huddling together or workers still trying to use their laptops as they wait out the onslaught.

Air force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat said as many as six Tu-95 warplanes had taken off from the Arctic region of Murmansk in northern Russia and launched a number of long-range missiles.

Across the country, the volley included 55 missiles, of which 47 were intercepted, according to the commander of Ukraine’s armed forces, Valerii Zaluzhnyi. That is in addition to 24 self-exploding drones sent overnight before the morning assault, all shot down.

Our international correspondent Bel Trew reported:

Sam Rkaina27 January 2023 05:05
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UK journalist Benjamin Hall makes first TV appearance after Ukraine attack

Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall said he feels “more confident than I ever have” in his first live television appearance since being seriously injured in Ukraine.

The British journalist urged others in similar situations to “never give up” and said adversity could be overcome “no matter how painful something is”.

Hall was caught up in a shelling attack while reporting for Fox News on the ongoing Ukrainian war in March 2022.

His team was on the outskirts of Kyiv when his vehicle was hit by Russian shelling on 14 March.

Read more here:

Namita Singh27 January 2023 04:45
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‘Russia targets energy plants in Ukraine’

Ukrainian prime minister Denys Shmyhal said Russian attacks yesterday targeted energy plants. The attack comes soon after Western allies committed 150 tanks to Kyiv.

“I held an urgent meeting today about the energy situation – about the shortages that are occurring and repair work after the terrorists’ strikes,” said president Volodymyr Zelensky, referring to the power shortage from the attacks. “Repair teams are working in those sites where hits occurred.”

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DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private energy producer, conducted pre-emptive emergency power shutdowns in Kyiv yesterday, the surrounding region and the regions of Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk.

The Kremlin said it saw the promised delivery of Western tanks as evidence of growing “direct involvement” of the United States and Europe in the 11-month-old war, something both deny.

Ukraine has said it needs hundreds to break Russian defensive lines and recapture occupied territory in the south and east. Both Moscow and Kyiv, which have so far relied on Soviet-era T-72 tanks, are expected to mount new ground offensives in springtime.

Namita Singh27 January 2023 04:30
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Japan tightens sanctions on Russia after deadly missile strikes in Ukraine

Japan tightened sanctions against Russia today following its latest wave of missile attacks in Ukraine, adding goods to an export ban list and freezing the assets of Russian officials and entities.

The decision comes after Russia launched missile attacks in Ukraine killing at least 11 people yesterday following a pledge by Germany and the United States to supply tanks that could help Ukraine counter any new Russian offensive.

In light of the situation surrounding Ukraine and to contribute to international efforts to secure peace, Japan will implement export bans in line with other major nations

Japan’s Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry

Among the new sanctions, Japan will prohibit shipments of items to 49 organisations in Russia from 3 February that could be used to enhance its military capability.

Those will include products ranging from water cannons, gas exploration equipment and semiconductor equipment to vaccines, X-ray inspection equipment, explosives and robots, the ministry said.

Namita Singh27 January 2023 04:15
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Watch: Train carries dozens of tanks in Kansas day before Biden agrees to send M1 Abrams to Ukraine

Train carries dozens of tanks in Kansas day before Biden agrees to send M1 Abrams to Ukraine
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Source: independent.co.uk