RUssland fired rockets into Ukraine on Saturday, according to officials in the capital Kiev. The metropolis and other regions were affected, including Kharkiv and Zaporizhia. The president’s office in Kyiv called on people not to ignore aerial warnings and to seek safety. Explosions, usually heard in the capital when Ukrainian anti-aircraft defenses shoot down Russian missiles or drones, could be heard in the capital.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko announced that parts of the rocket had crashed in a residential area of the city. No one was injured, it said.
According to the President’s Office, a residential building was also hit in the Kiev region, but there were no initial reports of casualties. So this is the first major rocket attack since the beginning of the year.
Since mid-October, Russia has launched several large-scale attacks, primarily on facilities in the Ukrainian energy system. Due to the massive damage to the infrastructure, there were power outages in many places and lakhs of people were affected. The Ukrainian government accuses Russia of “terrorism” – intent on plunging the country into darkness and cold. Kiev has accused Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin of destabilizing the EU through mass immigration by forcing people to leave.
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11:29 am – Army Commissioner calls for tripling of special fund
Given the relentless Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, Bundestag Commissioner for the Armed Forces Eva Högl has called for the Bundeswehr’s special assets to be tripled from the current 100 billion to 300 billion euros. The SPD politician told the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” that supporting Ukraine with more weapons and ammunition “will not work without new production capacity”.
11:18 am – Linke: The Lambrecht exchange does not resolve the confusion about the war in Ukraine
The left has seen no progress in dealing with Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Martin Schirdewan, party leader in Berlin, said the central government had no concrete strategy. “Changing personal details does not resolve the dilemma, which finally paves the way for the federal government to move away from a military logic toward a peace logic and promote diplomacy and peace negotiations.”
10:32am – London says Russia is diverting ships for fear of Ukrainian attack.
Russia has allowed at least ten ships from its Black Sea fleet to leave the port of Novorossiysk for fear of a Ukrainian attack, according to British military experts. The defense secretary’s daily intelligence update on the war in Ukraine said in London on Saturday that Russia believed it was responding to a specific threat in terms of the number and type of ships.
Novorossiysk is a port city in the Krasnodar Territory of mainland Russia. According to the British, the departure of the ships on January 11 is unlikely to have anything to do with the upcoming Russian military operation. “The Black Sea Fleet remains committed to suspected threats from Ukraine and continues to prioritize protecting its forces from offensive or patrol engagements,” the statement continued.
10:15 am – Governors alert of airstrikes – Bombs launched
The governor of Cherkasy region in central Ukraine has warned of a massive Russian missile attack.
He is urging people to heed wind alarms and go to shelters. The governor of the Mykolaiv region in southern Ukraine said 17 Russian Tupolev bombers had taken off from their bases.
9:00 am – Current situation
7:48 am – Opposition in US Congress to arms deal with Turkey – Controversy over NATO
In the US Congress, opposition is growing over President Joe Biden’s approval of the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey. Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a Democratic ally of Biden, said on Friday (local time) that he firmly rejected the proposed deal. It is unlikely that the US Congress will approve the export of fighter jets until Turkey, Sweden and Finland are blocked from joining NATO.
A US government official told Reuters he doubted the sale process would be completed if Menendez maintained his objections. The senator accused Turkey of not complying with human rights and democratic norms and showing dangerous behavior towards its NATO neighbors. Unless Turkey behaves as a reliable NATO partner, he will not agree to the plan. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will travel to Washington next Wednesday to discuss the controversial weapons program.
05:43 – Ukraine sees itself ‘half a step away from a solution’ on tank issue
According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, five European countries are ready to supply Kyiv with Lebard-2 main battle tanks. Kuleba said that Berlin’s approval was not the only one, “Ukrainska Pravda” reported. Ukraine is “half a step away from solving the tank problem”. France opened the debate with the announced delivery of heavy wheeled armored vehicles. After that, Poland “awakened the rest of the world” through its drive to provide the company of the Leopards.
Subsequently, Finland joined a European initiative and expressed its willingness to hand over Panther tanks to Ukraine. “I know of at least three countries that are ready to do this, but haven’t talked about it yet,” Kuleba said. They were still waiting for “the Germans to come out and speak for it.”
4:00 am – Bushman doubts UN Special Tribunal for Russians
Federal Justice Minister Marco Bushmann (FDP) is skeptical about the establishment of a special UN tribunal for Russian war crimes in Ukraine. “This could undermine the recognition of the International Criminal Court, which I consider an achievement and should not be weakened,” said Buschmann of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. “Many countries in Africa are saying: if something happens here, the International Criminal Court is enough; But if something happens in Europe, you need a special court.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj had already campaigned for a special court before the UN General Assembly in September. Bushman admitted that the central government’s position on the matter has not been finalised. “We are conducting these discussions in close coordination with our partners and include companies that are already investigating,” Bushman said.
21:40 – Zelenskyy: The battle for Soledar continues
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the battle for Soledar and other eastern Ukrainian cities continues. Zelensky said in his nightly video message that Ukrainians continued to fight against Russian troops there. Russia earlier said it captured Soledar in eastern Ukraine after days of heavy fighting. According to the Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russian units are said to have fully captured the small town on Thursday evening.
6:06 pm – IAEA chief travels to Ukraine again – experts on all nuclear power plants
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will station additional experts at Ukrainian nuclear power plants next week to boost nuclear safety. IAEA chief Raffaele Croci will travel to Ukraine to launch the mission, the UN agency announced Friday evening in Vienna.
“Soon, the IAEA will have a permanent presence at all nuclear power plants in Ukraine, including Chernobyl,” Grassi said. This is an important step to help Ukraine in these difficult and challenging times. Everything must be done to avoid the risk of a serious nuclear accident in Ukraine.
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