Kyiv suffers largest ever drone attack by Russia leaving five wounded
Russia launched a ‘fearsome’ hypersonic missile attack in the early hours of this morning after the UK promised to send thousands of drones to Kyiv.
The government announced on Friday that Britain would be increasing its support for Ukraine’s fight against Putin to £2.5 billion next financial year – an increase of £200 million.
Rishi Sunak said: “Ukraine will never be alone. Putin might think that he can outlast us but he is wrong. We stand with you today, tomorrow and for as long as it takes.”
Air defences shot down Russian missiles in at least five regions across Ukraine, according to local officials from those provinces.
“As a result of being hit by the debris of an enemy missile, several private homes and non-residential buildings were damaged, one building was practically destroyed,” the police wrote, adding that a dog had been killed but no people were hurt.
However, no details were given on whether any targets were hit, and far less information about the attack than usual was provided by officials.
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Matt Mathers13 January 2024 21:00
Watch: Rishi Sunak shares Ukraine trip highlights reel as he vows to ‘stand’ with them for ‘as long as it takes’
Rishi Sunak has shared a highlights compilation from his trip to Ukraine, where he made a speech vowing to ‘stand’ with the war-torn country for ‘as long as it takes’. The footage showed his train ride to Kyiv and his meeting with Zelensky, as well as a trip to a military hospital. “Ronald Reagan once said that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction”, he wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter), alongside the powerful montage. “It must be fought for, protected, and handed on to our children for them to do the same.”
Matt Mathers13 January 2024 20:00
US failed to track $1bn in arms shipments to Ukraine, watchdog says
Matt Mathers13 January 2024 19:00
Watch – Bear rescued from abandoned zoo in war-torn Ukraine finds home in Scotland
Watch the moment that a bear rescued from an abandoned zoo in Ukraine arrives into his new home at a Scottish zoo on Friday, 12 January. Yampil is an Asiatic black bear who survived shelling in the Donetsk region, and has now been permanently rehomed to the Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian, Scotland, finishing a trip of 690 miles. Brian Curran, owner of Five Sisters Zoo, said: “We are so pleased to say that Yampil has arrived here safe and well, and is settling in perfectly in his forever home here with us. The 12-year-old bear will be watched closely to see if he displays any signs of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) after experiencing a warzone.
Lydia Patrick13 January 2024 18:28
Four Ukrainian citizens were among those captured when a helicopter went down in Somalia this week
Ukraine‘s foreign affairs ministry says that four of its citizens were among those captured by al-Qaida-linked extremists in Somalia after a UN helicopter made an emergency landing
.Officials say the helicopter was brought down after al-Shabab militants attacked it on Wednesday, killing one person and abducting the other passengers.
“Our citizens were members of the helicopter crew of the United Nations Mission in Somalia that crashed,” said Oleh Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian foreign affairs ministry said Friday in a Facebook post.
The helicopter belongs to a Ukrainian private company, which executed a contract for transport on the order of the United Nations, he said.
Along with the Ukrainians, there were also five foreigners on board, Nikolenko said, without giving their nationalities.
An aviation official said earlier this week that medical professionals and soldiers were on board the helicopter that had been headed to Wisil town for a medical evacuation when it was forced to land in a village in Galmadug on Wednesday.
The minister of internal security of Galmudug state in central Somalia, Mohamed Abdi Aden Gaboobe, told The Associated Press by phone on Thursday that the helicopter made the landing because of engine failure in Xindheere village.
He said that six foreigners and one Somali national were on board and one was shot dead while trying to escape.
One was missing. Different sources give varying figures for the number of occupants in the helicopter, ranging between seven and nine. The AP hasn’t been able to verify the exact number of people on board the helicopter.
The extremists then burnt the helicopter after confiscating what they thought was important, the Galmudug minister said.
Lydia Patrick13 January 2024 17:28
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The PM and Mr Zelensky signed a new security treaty on Friday, the first of the G7 countries who agreed at last year’s Nato summit to agree stronger bilateral assurances with the country.
Adam Forrest has the full story
Lydia Patrick13 January 2024 16:28
ICYMI- US failed to track $1bn in arms shipments to Ukraine, watchdog says
The accounting for US aid has improved since Russia first invaded in February 2022, but as of June 2023, the tracking of more than half of the Javelins, Stinger missiles, night-vision equipment, and other items sent to Ukraine for which enhanced end-use monitoring standards were required “remained delinquent,” according to Inspector General Robert Storch.
Lydia Patrick13 January 2024 15:28
Ukraine’s Zelenskiy to speak in person at Davos- programme
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will speak in person at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos on 16 January according to the WEF’s event programme.
World leaders will congregate to discuss the state of the world.
Lydia Patrick13 January 2024 14:28
Watch – Sunak arrives in Ukraine for surprise meeting with Zelensky as UK commits additional £2.5bn aid
Rishi Sunak arrived in Kyiv for a surprise visit to meet Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday 12 January, as the UK announced it will provide £2.5 billion in military aid to Ukraine over the coming year. It comes as the Ukrainian president presses allies in the West to provide the country with more support to fight back against Russian forces, amid fears that interest in the war is flagging among allies as the conflict drags on. The crisis in the Middle East as Israel continues to bombard Gaza has also turned global attention away from the battle against Vladimir Putin.
Lydia Patrick13 January 2024 13:39
In Kyiv, French foreign minister promises to maintain Ukraine support
French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne promised continued backing for Ukraine and support for defence manufacturing cooperation during a trip to Kyiv on Saturday, his first official visit since starting his new role this week.
“Russia hopes Ukraine and its supporters will get tired before them. We will not grow weaker,” Sejourne said during a press conference in the centre of the Ukrainian capital.
Kyiv is seeking to maintain flows of military and financial aid from its Western allies after nearly two years of fighting a full-scale Russian invasion.
Sejourne arrived in Kyiv hours after Russia launched 40 missiles and drones at Ukraine, something for which his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba expressed gratitude.
“I want to thank my colleague for not being stopped (from his visit) by Russia’s latest large-scale missile attack,” Kuleba said, urging France and other European countries to do more to halt the use of Western-made electronics in Russian missiles.
Lydia Patrick13 January 2024 13:15