© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Satellite view shows a closer view of explosive shells, in Bakhmut, Ukraine, January 3, 2023. Satellite image 2023 Maxar Technologies./Release via REUTERS
(Reuters) – Ukraine sees little hope of pulling any more survivors from the rubble of an apartment complex in the city of Dnipro on Sunday, a day after the building was hit in a rocket attack. large Russian rocket, with dozens of people believed to have been killed.
* Thirty people have been confirmed dead so far in the destroyed Dnipro apartment complex, according to the regional governor’s adviser, Natalia Babachenko. She said between 30 and 40 people could still be trapped under the rubble.
* The chances of finding more survivors in the rubble are “very small,” the city’s mayor told Reuters in an interview.
* Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces carried out a wave of missile attacks on Ukrainian military and infrastructure facilities on Saturday. It did not mention Dnipro as a specific target, but only said in a statement: “All specified targets were hit. The targets of the attack were achieved.”
* An ammunition depot explosion caused by “careless” handling of grenades in Russia’s Belgorod region, bordering Ukraine, killed three soldiers and injured 16, Russian news agencies reported.
The Belarusian Security Council said joint air exercises with Russia, scheduled to begin next week, are purely defensive in nature and will focus on reconnaissance missions and how to prevent an attack. potential attack, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
* Ukraine’s Energy Minister German Galushchenko on Saturday said the coming days would be “difficult” on the energy front following a large-scale Russian missile attack on critical infrastructure in several regions. .
* Ukrainian forces are fighting to keep control of Soledar in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, the region’s governor said on Saturday, contradicting Russian claims that Moscow’s forces have captured the town this small.
* Russian President Vladimir Putin said special military operation – Russia’s war term – is showing a positive trend and he hopes Russian soldiers will bring more benefits after Soledar.
* Reuters could not verify the accounts.
* Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, on Saturday boasted about the strength of his force amid stiff competition with the Defense Ministry over who gets credit for it led the Russian attack on Soledar.
* Moldovan President Maia Sandu, condemning Russia’s “brutal war”, said on Saturday that rocket debris had been found in her country near Ukraine’s western border after the latest wave of attacks by the country. Russia.
MILITARY medics, diplomacy
* Britain will send 14 Challenger 2 main battle tanks and artillery support to Ukraine, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office said on Saturday, despite criticism from the Russian embassy.
* German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall can deliver repaired Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine as early as 2024 and will require a confirmation order to begin repairs, the company’s chief executive said on Sunday.
* Russia canceled a scheduled last-minute prisoner exchange on Saturday, Ukraine’s detainees agency said, after Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova alleged that Russian soldiers had reporting cases of extortion while in Ukrainian custody.
* Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Saturday that the G7 summit he will host in May will demonstrate a strong will to maintain international order and the rule of law in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
* Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accused Kishida of shamelessly submitting to the United States, suggesting on Saturday that he should ritually dissect his own stomach.