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Ukrainian air defenses are working to intercept Russian strikes after Moscow forces fired more than 30 missiles at Ukraine on Thursday morning, the Ukrainian Air Force reported.

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Leopard 2 main battle tanks will arrive in Ukraine at the end of March, according to the German Defense Minister

By Claudia Otto, Nadine Schmidt

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius speaks during his first visit to troops of the German armed forces at a military training area in Altengrabow, eastern Germany, on January 26.

(Photo: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany plans to deliver Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine at the end of March, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced Thursday.

"We will deliver our Leopards by the end of March at the latest," Pistorius told a news conference during a visit to a German armed forces training camp in Altengrabow.

"It's not too late," added Pistorius.

This Wednesday, Germany confirmed that it will deliver to Kyiv 14 Leopard 2 main battle tanks from its own reserves of the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces), after weeks of diplomatic pressure on Berlin.

Asked by a reporter on Thursday why Germany had taken so long to announce the delivery of the tanks, Pistorius justified Germany taking its time.

"We have not wavered, we have negotiated with our allies, we have talked to our partners and friends about what is the best we can do now, and that takes time," he said.

It is not simply a decision to order something on the website, or to send something to anyone;

It is a matter of war, it is a matter of trust and it is a matter of alliance," Pistorius added.

8 mins ago

Zelensky says he is "not interested" in meeting Putin for peace talks

By Allegra Goodwin

Ukrainian President Zelensky in an interview broadcast on January 26.

(Photo: SkyNews)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was "not interested" in meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for peace talks, in an interview with Sky News broadcast on Thursday.

Asked whether the war in Ukraine could be resolved through peace talks with Putin, Zelensky said: "It's not interesting for me. I'm not interested in meeting, I'm not interested in talking."

After a full-scale invasion, for me (Putin) he is nobody," Zelensky said when asked if it was too late for peace talks.

Zelensky told Sky News that there were many more casualties on the Russian side than on the Ukrainian side, adding that "in the east, they are losing a huge number of people, a huge number, but they don't care. They are not counting people." , that is a fact. We are counting your people."

During the interview, recorded on Wednesday, Zelensky learned that Germany had agreed to send German-made Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine, after weeks of diplomatic pressure for Berlin to do so.

Zelensky was "very pleased" but also said the delivery timeframe to the war-torn nation was "critical."

10 mins ago

Missiles hit the Odessa region less than 24 hours after the regional capital was included in the UNESCO heritage list

By Maria Kostenko, Jo Shelley

The wave of Russian airstrikes on Thursday damaged energy infrastructure in the Odessa region of southern Ukraine, causing "serious problems with power supply," regional governor Maksym Marchenko said on Telegram.

"There are impacts and damage to various energy infrastructure facilities in the Odessa region and other regions of the country," Marchenko wrote.

The coups came less than 24 hours after the historic center of the regional capital, the port city of Odessa, was inscribed on the World Heritage List by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO).

The head of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, had stated then that she hoped the measure would help protect the city from war.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba declared on Thursday that the attack was in response to the inclusion on the list.

"Among [the] targets of today's massive missile attack, Russia attacked Odesa causing massive blackouts," Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

"This destruction is Putin's response to UNESCO inscribing Odessa on its World Heritage List yesterday and placing it under the enhanced protection of the World Heritage in Danger List."

More than 30 Russian missiles were reportedly fired at Ukraine on Thursday morning, just hours after two dozen attack drones were shot down.

Missile attacks were reported in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, and in the Odessa and Vinnytsia regions.

12 mins ago

One dead and at least two injured in Kyiv after Russian missile attacks

By Maria Kostenko, Jo Shelley

One person was killed and at least two wounded in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv after Russia launched a new wave of missile attacks early Thursday, the city's mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said on Telegram.

"There is information about one dead and two injured as a result of a missile hit in the Holosiyivskyi district," he said.

Klitschko also reported explosions in the Dniprovskyi district.

Earlier this Monday, Ukrainian air force spokesman Yurii Ihnat told national television that more than 30 missiles had been fired at Ukraine from strategic bombers that took off from Russia's Murmansk region.

Missile attacks have also been reported in the Vinnytsia region.

The air alert is maintained throughout the country.

15 mins ago

Ukraine activates its air defenses after the launch of more than 30 Russian missiles, according to the Air Force

By Maria Kostenko

Several people gather at a metro station used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, on January 26.

(Photo: Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

Ukrainian air defenses are working to intercept Russian strikes after Moscow forces fired more than 30 missiles at Ukraine on Thursday morning, the Ukrainian Air Force reported.

Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat said on Ukrainian television that about six Russian Tu-95 jets had "taken off from the [Russian] Murmansk region and launched missiles."

"We expect more than 30 missiles, which have already started to appear in various regions," Ihnat said, adding that Ukrainian air defenses were working to intercept the strikes.

Some missiles hit the Vinnytsia region in west-central Ukraine, Governor Serhiy Borzov said on Telegram, but no casualties were reported.

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The head of the Kyiv city military administration, Serhii Popko, said on Telegram that more than 15 cruise missiles had been launched "in the direction of Kyiv" and all had been shot down.

An air alert has been decreed throughout the country.

Drones repelled: On the other hand, the Ukrainian Air Force Command has stated that its air defenses have shot down 24 attack drones sent by Russia overnight.

The attacks come after the United States and Germany said Wednesday they would send tanks to Ukraine.

16 mins ago

Ukrainian air defenses shoot down Russian missiles, authorities say

By Maria Kostenko, Alex Stambaugh

The head of the Office of the President, Andriy Yermak.

(Photo: Ruslan Kaniuka/Ukrinform/Future Publishing/Getty Images)

Ukraine's air defense systems shot down an unknown number of Russian missiles on Thursday morning, Ukrainian President Andriy Yermak's chief of staff wrote on Telegram.

At least two of the rockets flew through the southern Mykolaiv region, Governor Vitaly Kim said on Telegram.

Earlier, Ukraine's largest private energy company on Thursday applied emergency power cuts in several regions, including Kyiv, "due to the threat of a missile attack," the company said.

Air raid sirens have sounded in all regions of Ukraine in the morning.

So far, no attacks have been reported.

17 mins ago

Emergency power cuts imposed in various parts of Ukraine due to threat of Russian missile attacks

By Maria Kostenko

Ukraine's largest private energy company on Thursday applied emergency power cuts in several regions, including Kyiv, "due to the threat of a missile attack," the company said.

In a Telegram post, the DTEK group said the blackouts in the capital Odessa and Dnipropetrovsk were "a necessary preemptive step to avoid significant damage to energy infrastructure if enemy missiles hit their target."

Aircraft sirens have sounded throughout Ukraine, including Kyiv, during the morning of this Thursday.

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Source: cnnespanol

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