Ukraine hit by Russian missiles day after West’s offer of tankson January 26, 2023 at 12:06 pm

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One person died and two others were injured after strikes in Kyiv, the city’s mayor says.

People take shelter inside a metro station during massive Russian missile attacks in KyivImage source, Reuters

Russia launched a wave of missiles at Ukraine on Thursday, a day after Germany and the US pledged tanks to aid Kyiv’s fight against the invasion.

One person died and two others were injured after strikes hit a building in Kyiv, the city’s mayor said.

Officials also reported strikes on two energy facilities in the southern region of Odesa.

The attack came as Russia said it perceived the tank offer as “direct” Western involvement in the conflict.

Ukrainian authorities said they were expecting over 30 missiles and had seen a number of explosions during Kyiv’s rush hour, in what was clearly a sustained and wide-ranging attack.

A military spokesperson said that at least 15 missiles were downed.

Earlier, Ukraine’s air force said it had shot down a cluster of Iranian-made attack drones launched by Russian forces from the Sea of Azov in the south of the country.

A 55-year-old man was killed and two others wounded when non-residential buildings in the south of the capital were struck, officials reported.

The offensive was a continuation of Russia’s months-long tactic of targeting Ukraine’s infrastructure. The freezing winter has seen power stations destroyed and millions plunged into darkness.

After Thursday’s strikes, emergency power cuts were enforced in Kyiv and several other regions to relieve pressure on the electricity grid, said DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private power producer.

A day earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised to provide Ukraine with 14 Leopard 2 tanks, following weeks of international pressure. They are widely seen as some of the most effective battle tanks available.

The heavy weaponry is expected to arrive in late March or early April.

President Joe Biden later announced the US would send 31 M1 Abrams battle tanks, marking a reversal of longstanding Pentagon arguments that they are a poor fit for the Ukrainian battlefield.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the move but urged the speedy delivery of the tanks. He also appealed to the West to send long-range missiles and fighter jets.

But for tanks to be “game-changer”, 300 to 400 of them would be needed, an adviser to Ukraine’s defence minister told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“The sooner we defeat Russia on the battlefield using Western weapons, the sooner we will be able to stop this missile terror and restore peace,” Yuriy Sak said, adding that allies have made “no clear indication” of how many tanks will be pledged.

Speaking on the same programme, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said sending tanks to Ukraine would make a big difference to the country’s ability to win the war.

He also warned that Russia was planning a fresh offensive, just as reports began emerging from Ukraine of missile strikes following drone attacks overnight.

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