Western allies to deliver 321 tanks to Ukraine: senior diplomat

CNN — Western countries will deliver more than 300 tanks to Ukraine, Kyiv’s ambassador to France said Friday. “As of today, numerous countries have officially confirmed their agreement to deliver 321 heavy tanks to Ukraine,” Vadym Omelchenko told French TV station and CNN affiliate BFM television. He did not specify which countries would provide the … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war updates for January 26, 2023

Japan bans exports of robots, semiconductor parts to Russia in new sanctions Japan on Friday announced additional sanctions in response to Moscow’s latest actions in Ukraine, banning exports to Russia of key strategic goods and freezing assets of dozen individuals. Japan will prohibit Russia-bound shipments of goods that can be used to enhance military capability, … Read more

Russia strikes Ukraine’s cities hours after Western countries pledge tanks to Kyiv

CNN — Ukraine has urged the West to get military hardware into the hands of its troops as quickly as possible, as Russia fired missiles toward Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities just hours after Germany and the US announced their plans to provide modern tanks to the country. Russia launched 55 missiles at Ukraine on … Read more

Germany and US announce plans to send tanks to Ukraine in major sign of support for Kyiv

CNN — The leaders of the United States and Germany each announced Wednesday they will send contingents of tanks to Ukraine, reversing their longstanding trepidation at providing Kyiv with offensive armored vehicles and unleashing powerful new tools in Ukraine’s efforts to retake territory seized by Russia. The announcement by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that he … Read more

Der Spiegel reports Germany set to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

CNN — Germany is set to send its sought-after Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine to help bolster the country’s war effort, Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday evening, attributing to unnamed sources. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided to deliver the battle tanks following “months of debate,” according to the German news outlet’s exclusive report. The … Read more

US finalizing plans to send approximately 30 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, two US officials say

Washington CNN — The US is finalizing plans to send approximately 30 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, two US officials familiar with the deliberations told CNN. The Biden administration announcement to send the US-made tanks could come as early as this week, CNN reported earlier Tuesday. The timing around the actual delivery of the tanks is … Read more

Russia-Ukraine war updates for Jan.23, 2023

Three ships leave Ukrainian ports under Black Sea Grain Initiative The Malta flagged bulk carrier Zante en-route to Belgium transits the Bosphorus carrying 47,270 metric tons of rapeseed from Ukraine after being held at the entrance of the Bosphorus due to Russia pulling out of the Black Sea Grain agreement on November 02, 2022 in … Read more

Inside the US and German standoff over sending tanks to Ukraine

Washington CNN — The Biden administration is stuck in a standoff with Germany over whether to send tanks to Ukraine ahead of a key meeting of Western defense leaders in Germany on Friday. In recent days, German officers have indicated they won’t send their Leopard tanks to Ukraine, or allow any other country with the … Read more

Germany pressed on tanks for Ukraine; Kyiv airs frustration

BERLIN (AP) — Germany faced mounting pressure to supply battle tanks to Kyiv and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy aired frustration about not obtaining enough weaponry as Western allies conferred Thursday on how best to support Ukraine nearly 11 months into Russia’s invasion. Since the UK announced last week that it will send Challenger 2 tanksBerlin … Read more

Violinists Play Last Tunes Before German Coal Village Demolition

LUETZERATH, Germany (Reuters) – Above the din of bulldozers and the shouts of hundreds of climate activists facing off against riot police in the western German village of Luetzerath on Thursday, two violinists bid their own farewell to the place set for demolition. In full concert dress, the pair performed Bach from a makeshift balcony … Read more