The number of people killed in a Russian missile attack on a residential block in Dnipro has increased to 30, according to Ukrainian officials. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his last address that “the list of dead includes 30 people, including a child – a girl, she was 15 years old”. At least 73 people were injured and 39 people were rescued on Sunday afternoon. The Dnipro city government said 43 people were still missing. “The chances of saving people are now slim,” Dnipro Mayor Borys Filatov told Reuters. I think the death toll will be in the tens.
Claim responsibility for missile strikes across Ukraine, The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday it had achieved its goal. A ministry statement posted on Telegram said: “All designated targets have been hit. The aim of the attack has been achieved. However, he did not mention the attack on the Dnipro residential building.
President Vladimir Putin told Russian state television that what he calls the “special military operation” in Ukraine has gained positive momentum. “The dynamics are positive,” he told state television Rossiya 1. “Everything is developing within the framework of the plan of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff.” Putin said he hoped the soldiers would score more victories after Russia claimed control of the eastern Ukrainian salt mining town of Soledar – a claim Kyiv disputes.
Combat tanks from German industrial reserves wanted by Ukraine not be ready for delivery before 2024. The warning from arms maker Rheinmetall will dampen Kyiv’s hopes that the UK’s promise to deliver Challenger 2 tanks would encourage other European nations to follow suit soon. “Even if the decision to send our Leopard tanks to Kyiv was taken tomorrow, the delivery would take until the beginning of next year,” Rheinmetall chief executive Armin Papperger told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
The British Prime Minister has confirmed that the country will provide 14 of its Challenger 2 main battle tanks and other advanced artillery support to Ukraine in the coming weeks. Downing Street said Rishi Sunak made the promise during a Saturday morning call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy as a sign of “the UK’s ambition to step up its support for Ukraine”. The Russian Embassy in Britain said the move would only “escalate” the conflict.
Britain’s foreign secretary said “now is the time to step up and move faster and faster” to give Ukraine the support it needs. In a column for the British tabloid The Sun on SundayJames Cleverly writes that the Russian military is on the defensive and its troops’ morale is pitiful, blaming “the chaotic state of Russian military logistics”.
NATO Secretary General says Ukraine may soon expect more heavy weapons deliveries from Western countries. “The recent promises of heavy war equipment are significant – and I expect more in the near future,” Jens Stoltenberg told the German daily Handelsblatt on Sunday. Western allies will consider sending battle tanks to Kyiv ahead of a meeting in Ramstein, Germany next Friday where governments are expected to announce their latest pledges of military support.
The Belarusian security council said on Sunday that the joint air force exercises with Russia, which were due to start on Monday, were purely defensive in nature. and would focus on reconnaissance missions and how to thwart a potential attack. “The exercise is purely defensive in nature,” said Pavel Muraveyko, first deputy state secretary of the Belarusian Security Council, according to a post on the Belarusian Defense Ministry’s Telegram app on Sunday. “It will be a set of measures to prepare our air force and that of Russia to carry out the relevant combat missions.”