Ukraine: NATO announces more heavy weapons | War in Ukraine
Rescue workers recover a corpse from the rubble of an apartment building hit by Russian missile fire in Dnipro.
NATO announced on Sunday that the x27;Ukraine could expect to receive new Western heavy weaponry “in the near future”, while Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke of “positive dynamics” for his troops at the front.
At the same time, the emergency services were still active on Sunday to find survivors in the ruins of a building in Dnipro, in eastern Ukraine, hit the day before by a strike whose toll is climbed to at least 30 dead. Dozens of people were still missing.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he believed on Sunday that Vladimir Putin had overestimated the strength of his troops by invading Ukraine.
We see their missteps, lack of morale, leadership problems, poor equipment and heavy casualties, he told the German daily Handelsblatt.
We are in a decisive phase of the war, Mr. Stoltenberg continued. Therefore, it is important that we provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs to win.
Recent heavy armament delivery pledges are significant and I expect there will be more in the near future, he added a few days from a new coordination meeting, on January 20, of Western countries providing aid to Ukraine at the US base in Ramstein, Germany.
Rescue workers carry a woman rescued from the rubble of a building hit the day before by a Russian missile strike in Dnipro.
Western nations have long been reluctant to deliver to Ukraine heavier armaments, fearful of being drawn into war or provoking Russia.
However, earlier this month, France, Germany and the United States finally promised to send armored infantry or reconnaissance tanks: 40 German Marders, 50 American Bradleys and French AMX-10 RC.
The United Kingdom announced on Saturday that it would deliver 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine in the coming weeks, becoming the first countries to supply Western-built heavy tanks to kyiv.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked London for making decisions that will not only strengthen us on the battlefield but also send the right signal to other partners.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
Russian diplomacy has said he believed that this shipment of arms was in no way going to hasten the end of military hostilities but only to intensify them by causing new victims.
kyiv had already received Soviet-designed heavy tanks from its allies – nearly 300 – but none yet of Western construction.
Poland said it was ready on Wednesday to deliver 14 German-designed Leopard 2 heavy tanks, which requires approval from Berlin.
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As his army appears to be struggling against Western-backed Ukrainian forces, Vladimir Putin assured that everything is going according to plan in an interview on Russian state television broadcast on Sunday.
The dynamic is positive and everything is going according to the plans of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff. I hope that our fighters will still delight us more than once with their military results, he launched after a question from a journalist from the Rossiya-1 channel who told him. asked about news from Soledar, which the Russian army claimed on Friday to have conquered.
The capture of this small Ukrainian town was presented to Moscow as a success after several months of Russian setbacks, including the withdrawals in the fall of the Kharkiv region (north-east) and the large city of Kherson (south) in the face of Ukrainian counter-offensives.
According to Moscow, the conquest of Soledar is an important step to encircle the nearby town of Bakhmout, which the Russian army and the paramilitary group Wagner have been seeking to conquer for months.
On Saturday, the governor of the Donetsk region (east), Pavlo Kirilenko, however assured that Soledar was still under Ukrainian control and that fighting continued in the city and outside.
A new wave of shelling hit several Ukrainian cities and sites on Saturday and Sunday, including a residential building on Saturday in Dnipro.
An apartment building was heavily damaged by Russian missile fire in Dnipro.
At the moment, the enemy attack has already cost 30 lives. Between 30 and 40 people are still under the rubble, Natalia Babachenko, adviser to the head of the military administration of the Dnipropetrovsk region, told state television on Sunday.
More more than 70 people were injured, a dozen of them seriously, according to the military administration.
A video released by the Ukrainian rescue services showed rescuers digging through the rubble at night from the building cut in two, from which they managed to extract about forty survivors.
The United States denounced a new example of the brutal and barbaric war waged by Russia against the Ukrainian people. A National Security Council spokesperson assured that they will continue to provide Ukraine with what it needs to defend itself.
In the south, in Kryvyi Rig, one person was killed and another injured on Saturday in the destruction of apartment buildings by a strike, according to an official report.
And on Sunday, Russian forces again heavily shelled Kherson, hitting infrastructure and Red Cross premises and injuring seven, including one seriously, according to regional governor Yaroslav Yanushevich.
The world must stop this evil, implored Volodymyr Zelensky denouncing Russian terror.
In total, the enemy carried out three airstrikes and about fifty missile fire on Saturday, said the Ukrainian army general staff.
For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense indicated on Sunday having carried out the eve of missile fire on the Ukrainian military command system and on energy infrastructures linked to it, ensuring that it had achieved its objective.
Power cuts affected most parts of the country after these new attacks, according to the Ukrainian authorities. Neighboring Moldova claimed to have found missile debris on its territory, near the northern village of Larga.