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Ukraine War: Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomes tank training in UK, Canada begins supplying Leopards


Kiev's troops are now being trained on British Challenger 2 tanks, Canada is loading main battle tanks. The Ukrainian President thanks them - and describes the situation at the front as "difficult". Recent Developments.

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The British Ministry of Defense shared photos showing Ukrainian military personnel training on the Challenger 2 main battle tank

Photo: Ministry of Defense UK / twitter

What has happened in the past few hours

According to the mayor of

Kharkiv ,

two Russian rockets

have landed in the center of the Ukrainian city.

A rocket hit a residential building, Mayor Ihor Terekhov wrote on Telegram on Sunday morning.

According to Terekhov, one person is said to have been injured – the governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleh Sinehubov, on the other hand, reported three injured on Telegram.

Work is continuing in



restore supplies

following the widespread

blackout on Saturday morning


A third of private consumers have electricity again, Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said on Saturday evening.

Critical infrastructure can already be supplied again.

In support, 31 high-power generators would be brought into the city.

Fierce fighting appears to be continuing

in the

eastern Ukrainian city of



This was stated by the head of the private Russian mercenary group Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, on social networks on Sunday.

The mercenaries fought "for every street, every house, every stairwell" against Ukrainian troops who were not retreating, he wrote.

How the battle tank deliveries to Kyiv are doing

Meanwhile, in


, Ukrainian military personnel are already being

trained on British Challenger 2 main battle tanks

, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday afternoon.

The training started this week, according to London.

Their Ministry of Defense published pictures of the training at a military training area.


has started

loading and shipping Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine

, Defense Minister Anita Anand said on Twitter on Saturday evening.

She also released a video showing the tank being loaded onto the plane and the machine taking off.

Ottawa has promised Kyiv four main battle tanks of the type.

Meanwhile, Poland

says it has already started

training Ukrainian soldiers

to use

Leopard tanks


Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said according to a report by the news portal

That says Kyiv

President Zelenskyy welcomed the

start of training for Ukrainian crews on the Challenger 2


"It's a good vehicle and will be a serious reinforcement on the battlefield," Zelenskyy said in his daily video address on Saturday night.

He thanked Great Britain for military aid.

He described the

situation at the front



, but said he was confident of victory.

"During the 346 days of this war, I have often said that the situation at the front is difficult and that it is getting more and more difficult," said Zelenskyy.

“The enemy is always throwing in new forces to break through our defenses.

Now it's very hard in


, in


and in the direction of


.' Nevertheless, he was confident that the 'steadfastness' of the Ukrainians would ultimately bring about victory and thwart Russia's plans for conquest.

Zelenskyy also announced that

several former pro-Russian politicians

in the country had had their Ukrainian

citizenship revoked


He did not name names, but said that those affected also have Russian citizenship.

According to Ukrinform, these are top officials who held posts under former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Since February last year, Ukraine has already revoked a number of people's Ukrainian citizenship.

International reactions

With regard to the delivery of battle tanks to Ukraine,

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has countered fears that this could drag Germany into the war


He told the "Bild am Sonntag": "We carefully weighed every delivery of arms, closely coordinated with our allies, above all with America.

This joint approach prevents the war from escalating.«

In telephone calls, he made it "very clear" to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia alone was responsible for the war.

Putin did not threaten him, Scholz, or Germany.

What will be important on Sunday

  • On the battlefield, events continue to take place primarily in

    eastern Ukraine


    The city of Bachmut

    in particular

    is being fought with all its might (read a current report on the situation in the city here - and the last undertakers who continue to work despite attacks).

  • Economically, the West is opening a new front against Russia:

    the new oil sanctions will come into force on Sunday


    The European Union will then no


    purchase Russian oil products such as

    diesel, petrol or lubricants


    In addition, a regulation is effective immediately that is intended to force Russia to sell oil products below the market price to buyers in other countries.

    This is intended to reduce the Kremlin's income for further warfare.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2023-02-05

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