'Fast track' talks underway for West to send long-range missiles and planes
Ukraine and its Western allies are engaged in "fast-track" talks on the possibility of equipping it with long-range missiles and military aircraft, a top Ukrainian presidential aide said Saturday.
Ukraine has been urging the West to send long-rang ATACMS surface-to-surface missiles, which have a range of 190 miles, and MiG and F-16 fighter jets.
While it’s not clear which weapons are part of the talks, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Ukraine's supporters in the West understand the need to supply planes capable of providing cover for the armored fighting vehicles that the United States and Germany pledged at the beginning of the month.
However, in remarks to online video channel Freedom, Mr Podolyak said that some of Ukraine's Western partners maintain a "conservative" attitude to arms deliveries, "due to fear of changes in the international architecture." He did not name specific countries.
The US and Germany agreed on Wednesday to share advanced tanks with Ukraine but Berlin has already ruled out sending fighter jets.
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Russia's defence ministry on Saturday accused the Ukrainian army of targeting a hospital in the eastern Luhansk region, leaving 14 dead and injuring 24 others
A new art exhibition by Pussy Riot, the anti-Kremlin Russian art collective, offers visitors the option to “neutralise” Vladimir Putin with the push of a button - well, almost
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has invited the president of the International Olympic Committee to visit the frontline city of Bakhmut
Three people were killed and more than a dozen wounded following a Russian strike on the city of Konstantynivka in eastern Ukraine, the local governor said on Saturday
Ukraine and its Western allies are engaged in "fast-track" talks on the possibility of equipping it with long-range missiles and military aircraft, a top Ukrainian presidential aide said Saturday
North Korea has slammed Washington's decision to supply Ukraine with tanks, claiming the US is "further expanding the proxy war" to destroy Russia
14 killed in 'Ukrainian Himars strike' on hospital, claims Moscow
Russia's defence ministry on Saturday accused the Ukrainian army of targeting a hospital in the eastern Luhansk region, leaving 14 dead and injuring 24 others.
"The Ukrainian armed forces deliberately attacked the building of a district hospital with rockets of a US-made Himars multiple launch rocket system," the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said that 14 were killed and 24 wounded among the "hospital patients and medical staff". It said the site had been providing "necessary medical assistance to the local population and military personnel for many months".
Annihilate Putin at the touch of a button at Pussy Riot exhibition
LA show includes option to 'neutralise' president as art collective stress not every Russian supports the Ukraine war, writes James Kilner
A new art exhibition by Pussy Riot, the anti-Kremlin Russian art collective, offers visitors the option to “neutralise” Vladimir Putin with the push of a button. Well, almost.
Called “Putin’s Ashes”, one section of the Los Angeles exhibition contains a row of chunky red buttons, the sort that you might press to launch a nuclear missile or detonate a bomb. One of these is labelled: “This button neutralises Vladimir Putin”.
“It’s a part of magic-activist-thinking to me,” Nadya Tolokonnikova, one of Pussy Riot's founders, told the Los Angeles Times. “I think sometimes you need to be a little bit silly and use irony and laughter to overcome dangerous dictators.”
Pussy Riot are an all-women balaclava-wearing group that gained notoriety around the world in 2012 after they burst into Moscow’s Cathedral of the Christ Saviour and performed an anti-Kremlin song called “Punk Prayer”. Ms Tolokonnikova and another member of Pussy Riot were arrested and sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism.
Ukraine says 'fast-track' talks underway for missiles, planes
Ukraine and its Western allies are engaged in "fast-track" talks on the possibility of equipping the invaded country with long-range missiles and military aircraft, a top Ukrainian presidential aide said Saturday.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, said Ukraine's supporters in the West "understand how the war is developing" and the need to supply planes capable of providing cover for the armored fighting vehicles that the United States and Germany pledged at the beginning of the month.
However, in remarks to online video channel Freedom, Podolyak said that some of Ukraine's Western partners maintain a "conservative" attitude to arms deliveries, "due to fear of changes in the international architecture."
Russia has accused Ukraine of striking a hospital, killing 14
Firing from US made HIMARS missile on Novoaidar city hospital , Ukrainian army has just killed 14 hospital patients and also medical personnel. 24 peoples were wounded as a result of the shelling . The numbers are likely to grow pic.twitter.com/EknTmEgiu0
— cooper (@coope125) January 28, 2023
North Korea stands with Russia
Kim Jong-un's sister says North Korea will "always stand together with the Russian army and people in the same trench"
Back in December the US accused Pyongyang of selling arms to the Wagner group pic.twitter.com/GqFqAJ1jRR
— Francis Scarr (@francis_scarr) January 27, 2023
Zelensky says Ukrainian woman killed in Jerusalem attacks
Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his condolences on Saturday following attacks in Jerusalem in which he said a Ukrainian citizen was among the dead.
"We share Israel's pain after the terrorist attacks in Jerusalem. Among the victims is a Ukrainian woman. Sincere condolences to the victims' families," he wrote on Twitter.
"The crimes were cynically committed on the Intl Holocaust Remembrance Day. Terror must have no place in today's world. Neither in Israel nor in Ukraine."
Watch: Young Ukrainian girl tells heartbreaking story of how her friends were killed in Mariupol
Young Ukrainian girl tells the story of how her friends were killed by Russia during the Siege of Mariupol.
No child should have to experience something like this.
English subtitles at the bottom. pic.twitter.com/ITWXHYAYuL
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) January 28, 2023
Latest Russian casualties, according to Ukraine's army
"The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth."
Total combat losses of the enemy from Feb 24 to Jan 28: pic.twitter.com/HcMHmiMVeJ
— Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) January 28, 2023
Pictured: A man stands next to his car destroyed by a Russian missile strike in Kostiantynivka
Army concerned RAF and Navy are not supporting Ukraine enough
It is felt among senior defence sources that the other forces within the British Military should help to ‘shoulder the burden’, writes Danielle Sheridan.
The British Army is concerned that the RAF and Royal Navy are not pulling their weight in providing support for Ukraine.
Rishi Sunak confirmed earlier this month that the UK would send a squadron of 14 British Challenger II tanks to Ukraine and that the British Army would teach Ukrainian troops how to operate the vehicles.
But The Telegraph understands the Army feels that the latest gift of tanks is another example of the force having taken on the “lion’s share” of equipping Ukraine.
It is felt among senior defence sources that the other forces within the British Military should help to “shoulder the burden”.
Watch: Scenes in Vuhledar where attacks have intensified
Russia has intensified attacks on Vuhledar.
It remains a fortress that Russia's army nor terrorists from "DPR" can take for over 11 months.
In WWII, defense of Stalingrad lasted 125 days. Defense of Sevastopol - 250 days. Vuhledar stands for over 300 days.
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) January 28, 2023
EU president says Ukraine has unconditional support ahead of summit
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said ahead of an EU-Ukraine summit next week that Ukraine had unconditional support from the bloc and that the country needed to prevail against Russian attacks to defend European values.
"We stand by Ukraine's side without any ifs and buts," von der Leyen said in a speech on Saturday at an event of her party, the Christian Democrat CDU, in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Ukraine "is fighting for our shared values, it is fighting for the respect of international law and for the principles of democracy and that is why Ukraine has to win this war", she said.
Pictured: Ukrainian soldiers on their way to the frontline in the Donbass
MoD puts number of casualties at Makiivka at over 300 - Russia claims 89
Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine - 28 January 2023
Find out more about the UK government's response: https://t.co/rQI3IVrDMH
🇺🇦 #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/QA2OBo1rpk
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) January 28, 2023
Russia violating principles of child protection in Ukraine, says UN refugee chief
Russia is violating the "fundamental principles of child protection" in wartime by giving Ukrainian children Russian passports and putting them up for adoption, the UN's refugee agency chief said.
Speaking at the UNHCR offices in Kyiv following a six-day tour of Ukraine, Filippo Grandi said President Volodymyr Zelensky had asked his agency to "do more" to help children from occupied regions to whom this was happening.
"Giving them [Russian] nationality or having them adopted goes against the fundamental principles of child protection in situations of war," Mr Grandi told Reuters.
'Russia's deputy foreign minister to meet new US envoy early next week'
Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov will hold a meeting with Lynne Tracy, the new US ambassador to Moscow, early next week, the RIA news agency reported on Saturday.
Tracy arrived in Moscow earlier this week. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that the new US ambassador would not improve ties between the two countries because of what she called Washington's ongoing "hybrid war" against Russia.
Zelensky invites Olympics chief to Ukraine frontline city Bakhmut
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has invited the president of the International Olympic Committee to visit the frontline city of Bakhmut.
Mr Zelensky extended the invitation to Thomas Bach after the committee said a "pathway" should be explored for Russians to take part in the 2024 Paris Games.
"I am inviting Mr Bach to Bakhmut so that he can see for himself that neutrality does not exist," Mr Zelensky said.
US fuelling proxy war, says North Korea
North Korea has slammed Washington's decision to supply Ukraine with tanks, claiming the US is "further expanding the proxy war" to destroy Russia.
Earlier this week, US President Joe Biden promised 31 Abrams tanks, one of the most powerful and sophisticated weapons in the US army, to help Kyiv fight off Moscow's invasion.
Along with China, Russia is one of the North's few international friends and has previously come to the regime's aid.
"Lurking behind this is the US sinister intention to realise its hegemonic aim by further expanding the proxy war for destroying Russia," said Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.