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Ukraine Russia War Live: Putin’s spokesman says British Challenger 2 tanks sent to war will ‘burn’

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Russia has warned that any Challenger 2 tanks Britain sends to Ukraine to help the war effort will “burn up”.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed that the UK would supply Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine during a call with Volodymyr Zelensky this weekend.

Responding on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said new arms supplies from countries like Britain and Poland would not change the situation on the ground.

“They are using this country as a tool to achieve their anti-Russian goals,” he added. “These tanks burn and will burn like the others.”

Meanwhile, Russia and Belarus today began joint air force exercises, raising fears that Moscow could use its ally to launch a new ground offensive in Ukraine.

Belarus has said its air force drills with Russia are defensive in nature, but the move comes amid growing concerns that Moscow is pushing Minsk to join the war in Ukraine.

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ICYMI: UK to supply Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine, confirms Rishi Sunak

The UK will supply Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine to help forces in Kyiv “repel Russian troops”, Rishi Sunak has confirmed.

In a promise which Downing Street said was made on Saturday morning January 14 in a phone call to Volodymyr Zelensky, the Prime Minister also offered additional artillery systems as a sign of “the UK’s ambition to ‘intensify its support for Ukraine’.

The UK is the first Western power to supply Ukraine with main battle tanks, the exact number of which has yet to be confirmed.

UK to supply Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine, confirms Rishi Sunak

The UK will supply Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine to help forces in Kyiv “repel Russian troops”, Rishi Sunak has confirmed. In a promise which Downing Street said was made on Saturday morning January 14 in a phone call to Volodymyr Zelensky, the Prime Minister also offered additional artillery systems as a sign of “the UK’s ambition to ‘intensify its support for Ukraine’. The UK is the first Western power to supply Ukraine with main battle tanks, the exact number of which has yet to be confirmed. Subscribe to our newsletter.

Matt MatherJanuary 16, 2023 10:20 am

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Russia warns British tanks will ‘burn’

The Kremlin has said the tanks Britain plans to send to Ukraine will “burn”.

Britain announced on Saturday that it would send 14 of its Challenger 2 main battle tanks along with other forward artillery support in the coming weeks.

“They are using this country as a tool to achieve their anti-Russian goals,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

“These tanks burn and will burn like the others,” Peskov said.

Peskov said new supplies from countries like Britain and Poland would not change the situation on the ground.

Katy CliftonJanuary 16, 2023 10:07

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Russia shoots down drone over Sevastopol – Russia’s installed governor

Russian anti-aircraft defenses shot down a drone over the city of Sevastopol in the Crimean peninsula, the Russian-based city governor said on the Telegram messaging app on Monday.

The city has been attacked several times since Russia ordered the dispatch of tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Russian officials have blamed Ukraine for the attacks.

Russia annexed Crimea to Ukraine in 2014.

Matt MatherJanuary 16, 2023 9:40 a.m.

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Death toll in Russian strike on building rises to 35

The death toll from the weekend Russian missile strikes at an apartment building in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro has risen to 35, officials said.

Rescuers continue to search the rubble for more victims, regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko said.

At least 75 people were injured and 35 others are still missing after Saturday’s strike.

About 1,700 people lived in the multi-storey building, with locals saying there were no military installations on the site.

Rescue workers clean the rubble of the building after the Russian strike

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The reported death toll made it the deadliest single-location attack since a Sept. 30 strike in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region, according to the Associated Press-Frontline War Crimes Watch project.

The strike on the building on Saturday came amid a heavy barrage of Russian cruise missiles across Ukraine.

Matt MatherJanuary 16, 2023 9:10 a.m.

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Russia produces first nuclear warheads for Poseidon super torpedo – Russian state media

Russia has produced the first nuclear warheads for the Poseidon super torpedoes to be deployed on the Belgorod nuclear submarine, TASS reported on Monday, citing an unidentified defense source.

“The first loads of Poseidon ammunition have been produced and the Belgorod submarine will receive them in the near future,” TASS quoted the source as saying.

President Vladimir Putin first announced what would become Poseidon in 2018, saying it was a fundamentally new type of strategic nuclear weapon with its own nuclear power source.

In the 2018 speech, Putin said the torpedo’s range would be unlimited and it could operate at extreme depths at speeds several times faster than any submarine or other torpedo.

“They are very quiet, have great maneuverability and are virtually indestructible to the enemy. There is no weapon that can counter them in the world today,” he added.

Matt MatherJanuary 16, 2023 08:10

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Ukrainian freighter stranded in the Bosphorus Strait

The MKK 1 cargo ship, traveling from Ukraine to Turkey, ran aground in Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait on Monday and traffic through the strait was suspended but no damage was reported, Tribeca shipping agents said. .

Several tugs were among the vessels sent to provide assistance to the ship, the coastguard authority said.

Television footage showed the bow of the ship, carrying 13,000 tonnes of peas, beached near the coast on the Asian side of the Bosphorus.

File photo: Transport vehicles in the Bosphorus Strait

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Matt MatherJanuary 16, 2023 7:24 a.m.

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ICYMI: ‘This is what madness looks like’: In Putin’s endgame for Ukraine

As Russia claims to have seized the eastern town of Soledar after months of fighting, Bel Trew reports on what this means for the invasion of Moscow – and for Ukrainians on the path to further advancement.

Joe MiddletonJanuary 16, 2023 07:00

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Ukraine likely to maintain positions in Soledar, northern Bakhmut – MoD

Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers are ‘almost certainly’ holding positions in Soledar, north of Bakhmut, even as they continue to face a series of assaults from the Wagner Group, the UK Ministry of Health said today. Defense.

Ukraine’s eastern sector on the Donbass front saw heavy fighting over the weekend in the Kremina and Bakhmut, the ministry said.

“Around Kremina, the fighting was characterized by a complex series of local attacks and counter-attacks in forested country. Overall, however, the UAF continue to gradually advance their front line eastward on the outskirts of the town of Kremina,” the Ministry of Defense said in its latest war intelligence update. .

He added that over the past six weeks, Russia and Ukraine have made hard-fought but limited gains in different sectors.

“Under these circumstances, a key operational challenge for both sides is to generate uncommitted and capable troop formations that can exploit tactical successes to create operational breakthroughs,” the ministry added.

Arpan RaiJanuary 16, 2023 06:58

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Belarus accuses Ukraine of provocation: ‘Keeping our gunpowder dry’

Belarusian officials have accused Ukraine of “provoking” the Russian ally in the wake of joint military exercises between Moscow and Minsk which begin today.

The situation on the southern border of Belarus, which it shares with Ukraine, was “not very calm” and Ukraine “provoked” Belarus, according to Pavel Muraveyko, first deputy state secretary of the Council Belarusian security.

Mr Muraveyko said: “We are maintaining restraint and patience, keeping our gunpowder dry. We have the necessary set of forces and means that will respond to any manifestation of aggression or terrorist threat on our territory,” according to a message on Yesterday, the Telegram app of the Belarusian Defense Ministry.

Arpan RaiJanuary 16, 2023 06:28

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Death toll in Dnipro building rises to 35

The death toll from the Russian missile attack on a residential building in Dnipro on Saturday has now reached 35, authorities said, as rescue operations began on the third day.

The airstrike hit part of the building and demolished it, killing dozens of people, including two children, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said on Telegram.

Russia has denied targeting residential and civilian infrastructure in its “special military operation” in Ukraine, but there have already been thousands of civilian casualties in the 11-month war.

Arpan RaiJanuary 16, 2023 06:03


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