Updated on 01/16/2023 06:07
- Many residents are still missing after the devastating Russian rocket attack on a residential building in Dnipro over the weekend.
- Ukraine is preparing its citizens for growing problems with energy supply – emergency shutdowns cannot be ruled out.
- Read here all about the events of the night in summary.
Dozens of residents of a high-rise building in the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro are still missing after a Russian missile hit them on Saturday. Rescue workers continued to search for more than 30 people in the rubble of the apartment building, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his video on Sunday night. At the same time, he made serious accusations against the silent part of the Russian population.
The death toll in Dnipro continued to rise over the weekend. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has spoken out in favor of delivering more heavy weapons to Ukraine.
At least 30 killed in Dnipro
“We are fighting for all human beings,” emphasized Zelenskyy, referring to the people buried in Dnipro. “And the rescue work will continue as long as there is even the slightest chance of saving a life.” According to official figures, the death toll has risen to 30, including a child. Another 73 people were injured.
In his video message, Zelenskyi also addressed the population of the neighboring country in Russian: “I would like to address everyone in Russia who, even now, does not have a few words of condemnation for this terror, although they see and understand everything clearly. Yours Cowardly silence will only end with those terrorists coming after you one day.”
EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell condemned the Russian side’s actions as “inhuman aggression, with civilians and children as direct targets”. Crimes would not go unpunished. And the EU will support Ukraine as long as necessary.
The attack on Dnipro, in the Dnipropetrovsk region, was the most important of several attacks on Saturday. The most violent wave of Russian attacks since the turn of the year was again directed against Ukraine’s power infrastructure. In addition to Dnipropetrovsk, the region around the capital Kyiv and Kharkiv in the east were also severely affected.
Ukraine complains of power outages
Against this background, Ukraine prepared its citizens for growing problems with the supply of electricity. State-owned electricity grid operator Ukrenerho announced on Facebook that the already significantly reduced amount of electricity per household in many places had to be reduced further across the country in order to avoid major bottlenecks. Even emergency shutdowns are not excluded.
NATO chief expects more weapons deliveries
Ahead of new talks in Ramstein on Western military aid to Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg spoke out in favor of delivering more heavy weapons to Ukraine. “Recent commitments for heavy war equipment are important – and I expect more in the near future,” Stoltenberg told “Handelsblatt”.
Britain announced on Saturday that it would make 14 Challenger 2 main battle tanks available to Ukraine. When asked if Germany also had to move now, Stoltenberg said: “We are in a crucial phase of the war. to survive as an independent nation.”
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andriy Melnyk made a proposal to also deliver German fighter jets to his country. The Bundeswehr has 93 Tornadoes in its fleet, which will soon be retired and replaced by modern F-35 stealth jets. These tornadoes are old fighters, but “still very powerful”, the former Ukrainian ambassador to Germany wrote on Twitter. Melnyk asked Chancellor Olaf Scholz: “Why not deliver these tornadoes to Ukraine?” CDU foreign politician Roderich Kiesewetter welcomed the proposal on Twitter.
Dead after explosion at Russian barracks
As a result of a strong explosion in a barracks in the Belgorod region of western Russia, three soldiers were killed and another 16 were injured. Eight other men were missing since the incident, which took place on Saturday in the border region with Ukraine, Russian state news agency Interfax reported, citing rescue services. Reportedly, a non-commissioned officer accidentally detonated a hand grenade, after which a fire broke out in the building. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital.
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What will be important on Monday
During a visit to The Hague, Chancellor Annalena Baerbock wants to discuss ways in which Russian President Vladimir Putin can be held accountable for the war of aggression against Ukraine. At the International Criminal Court in the Dutch city, the Green politician wants to meet with President Piotr Hofmanski and then Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan this Monday (11 am). (dpa/dh)
Rescuers clearing debris after a Russian missile hit a skyscraper, according to Ukrainian sources.
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