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PRESIDENT Volodymyr Zelensky is expecting "strong decisions" from defence leaders of NATO as they meet today to discuss bolstering military support.

In his nightly address, Zelensky said "now we are waiting for a decision from one European capital that will activate the prepared chains of cooperation on tanks."

Germany currently faces mounting pressure to allow its highly regarded Leopard tanks to be sent over to Ukraine.

Over 50 countries are due to meet at the US Ramstein Air Base in Germany's south-west to discuss further military support for Ukraine to defeat Putin's Russia.

It comes as the tyrant is "considering a high risk" move that will involve the introduction of advanced Russian T-14 super tanks, the UK's Ministry of Defence has claimed.

Read our Ukraine war blog below for the latest news…

  • Louis Allwood

    Zelensky awaiting news from Ramstein

    Zelensky has taken to Twitter to thank the Finnish government after they announced the largest military aid package that they have supplied to Ukraine.

    The military aid includes "much-needed heavy weapons and ammunition".

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukraine claims to have arrested seven Russian agents

    Ukraine has claimed to have arrested seven Russian agents in Dnipro, who were "correcting missile attacks on the city".

    The state broadcaster Suspilne said on Telegram: "Seven Russian agents of the main directorate of the general staff of the armed forces of the Russian Federation were detained in Dnipro, who were correcting missile attacks on the city.

    "Information about their possible involvement in the rocket attack on a high-rise building on 14 January 2023 is being verified."

  • Louis Allwood

    Ben Wallace pictured arriving at Ramstein air base

    Ben Wallace was pictured arriving at the Ramstein air base earlier today.

    The Defence Secretary was accompanied by Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Tony Radakin.

    They will meet with other delegates about the ongoing support for Ukraine.

  • Louis Allwood

    Just under 120,000 Russian soldiers killed

    According to Ukraine's Armed Forces, a further 770 troops were killed within the past 24 hours.

    This has taken the total number of losses to 119,300.

  • Louis Allwood

    'We will continue to stand up for an open world'

    US defence secretary Lloyd Austin responded to the video link address by Volodymyr Zelensky by reiterating his support for a "free world".

    Lloyd Austin said: "Thank you, Mr President. I hope you know that we will continue to stand up for the principle that borders may not be redrawn by force.

    "And we will continue to stand up for an open world of rules, rights and responsibilities. Again, thank you for being here today."

  • Louis Allwood

    What are the Challenger 2 tanks?

    The UK has announced a squadron of 14 Challenger 2 tanks will be sent to Ukraine in just weeks.

    The Challenger 2, which can do 37mph through its V12 engine, has a 97 per cent chance of a first time hit with its 47 rounds – and also carries a chain gun.

    Major Mark Lambert, deployed with the King's Royal Hussars on Operation Cabrit, said: "The Chobham armour is still world-beating. There is yet to be a tank destroyed or crew killed in enemy action while serving in a Challenger 2.

    "It was designed to fight Russian T series tanks in Eastern Europe and that's what it's going to do. It is better."

  • Louis Allwood

    Will Zelensky's message be heard?

    Zelensky has made clear that he wants tanks sent to Ukraine to help bolster its defences.

    Zelensky said: "You are strong people of powerful countries.

    "I encourage you to make such decisions that can deprive Russian evil of any power.

    "It is in your power to guarantee artillery and aircraft that will crush terror. It is in your power to make victory."

  • Louis Allwood

    'Hundreds of thank yous are not hundreds of tanks'

    Speaking at Ramstein air base President Zelensky has said he is truly grateful for all of the weapons and support that has been provided so far.

    However, Zelensky reiterates the need for more tanks.

    Zelensky has said: "I can thank you hundreds of times (for your help so far) and it will be absolutely just and fair given all that we have already done.

    "But hundreds of thank you are not hundreds of tanks. All of us can use thousands of words discussions but I cannot put words instead of guns that are needed against Russian artillery."

  • Louis Allwood

    'Time to dig deep'

    US defence secretary Lloyd Austin has told delegates at Ramstein air base to "dig deeper" in support of Ukraine.

    "It's a time to dig deeper. The Ukrainian people are watching us. The Kremlin is watching us and history is watching us. 

    "So we won't let up and we won't waver in our determination to help Ukraine defend itself from Russia's imperial aggression."

  • Louis Allwood

    Zelensky 'increases safety at nuclear plants'

    Volodymyr Zelensky has reached an agreement with the IAEA to "increase the safety of our nuclear generation".

    In his nightly address, Zelensky said: "I met with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi. We have an important agreement, and it is already being implemented: IAEA missions will be sent to our nuclear power plants. To all of them.

    "This will significantly increase the safety of our nuclear generation.

    "We also discussed the situation around Zaporizhzhia NPP and steps that can restore radiation safety to all humanity, which was violated by Russia."

  • Louis Allwood

    Putin considering 'high risk' move

    Putin is "considering a high risk" move that will involve the introduction of advanced Russian T-14 super tanks, the UK's Ministry of Defence has claimed.

    The Russian tyrant could be set to "deploy a small number of its new T-14 Armata main battle tanks in Ukraine” after pictures were taken of the vehicles on a trianing area in southern Russia.

    The Ministry of Defence said: “Russia media outlets claimed T-14s were being prepared for deployment. However, it is unclear whether Russia has yet moved the type into Ukraine.

    “Any T-14 deployment is likely to be a high-risk decision for Russia. Eleven years in development, the programme has been dogged with delays, reduction in planned fleet size, and reports of manufacturing problems.”

    Putin's upgraded machines are equipped with an anti-drone protection system, advanced sensors and onboard drones.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ministry of Defence latest update

    The Ministry have claimed that the Wagner group “almost certainly now commands up to 50,000 fighters in Ukraine and has become a key component of the Ukraine campaign.”

    The group have now "formally registered as a legal entity" however it is now known why.

    The Ministry said: "It is not yet clear to what extent the ‘PMC Wagner Centre’ entity will be used to administer Wagner’s paramilitary activity. Private Military Companies (PMCs) remain illegal in Russia, despite protracted discussion about reforming the law.

    "Wagner’s owner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has likely partially funded the organisation via inflated government contracts awarded to his other companies.

    "The registration continues the remarkably rapid development of the traditionally opaque group’s public profile. Prigozhin only admitted to founding Wagner in September 2022; in October 2022, it opened a glossy HQ in St Petersburg."

  • Louis Allwood

    Zelensky thanks the US for $2.5 billion package

    Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked Joe Biden for a "powerful defence support package".

    The US will provide Ukraine with 59 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, 90 Stryker Armoured Personnel Carriers and 53 mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, the US Defence Department said in a statement.

  • Louis Allwood

    Zelensky claims nations should not look to others before providing support

    Zelensky has reiterated that foreign partner countries should not hesitate with military assistance.

    Zelensky said: "There can be no segmented assistance or selectivity in strengthening our army. We need all forces, because we are fighting against tyranny."

    He added that Ukraine primarily needs air defense systems from its partners to protect energy infrastructure from attacks by Russia.

    Zelensky said: "Our partners know the energy infrastructure of our country and all the objects Russia can hit to create another blackout."

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia claims to have built ‘unstoppable’ nuclear torpedos in chilling nuke threat

    Vladimir Putin’s forces have built the first batch of their “unstoppable” nuclear torpedos capable of “devastating” cities.

    Russia has produced the first nuclear warheads for the Poseidon super torpedoes to be deployed on the Belgorod nuclear submarine, TASS reports citing an unidentified defence source.

    “The first set of Poseidons have been manufactured, and the Belgorod submarine will receive them in the near future,” the source said.

    Vladimir Putin first announced what would become known as Poseidon in 2018, saying it was a fundamentally new type of strategic nuclear weapon with its own power source.

    The 24-metre-long torpedo was designed to travel up to 80mph underwater, capable of devastating coastal cities by creating radioactive tsunamis.

  • Louis Allwood

    Putin ally threatens the West

    Ex-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev made the warning to Nato leaders as he appeared to urge them to halt sending weapons to Zelensky's troops.

    He posted on Telegram: "The defeat of a nuclear power in a conventional war may trigger a nuclear war.

    "Nuclear powers have never lost major conflicts on which their fate depend."

    "And this should be obvious to anyone. Even a Western politician with any trace of intelligence."

  • Louis Allwood

    Boris Johnson has claimed Putin will not go nuclear

     Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Boris Johnson was asked whether Putin would deploy nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

    Boris said Putin would cause "a complete economic cryogenic paralysis" and "terrify the Russians" if he were to do so.

    He added: "He’s not going to do it. Don't go down that rabbit hole, stop it."

  • Louis Allwood

    Swedish government announces military package for Ukraine

    The Swedish government have announced that they will be sending a military package to Ukraine.

    The package will include the Archer artillery system, and the anti-tank robot-57.

    Ukraine have made it clear that they have long sought the Archer artillery system.

    50 combat vehicles will also be on the move to Ukraine, and Sweden’s energy and industry minister Ebba Busch described them as “one of the world’s best combat vehicles”.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia lose significant number of artillery systems

    Russia have lost a further 14 artillery systems within the last 24 hours, the highest figure seen this year.

    A further 760 troops were also killed taking the total number of personnel losses to 118,530.

  • Louis Allwood

    16 remain in hospital following helicopter crash

    Oleksiy Kuleba, the governor of Kyiv, has provided an update following the helicopter crash that killed 14 yesterday including interior minister Denys Monastyrskiy.

    He posted on Telegram to say:"As a result of the tragedy in Brovary, 16 people remain in hospitals, six of whom are children. Others receive treatment on an outpatient basis. Financial assistance will be allocated to the families of the victims.

    "The place where the helicopter fell has been cleared of debris. Windows and doors will be repaired in the damaged building in the near future.

    "Children from the damaged kindergarten are organized to study in nearby preschools, taking into account the wishes of the parents."

  • Louis Allwood

    Polish PM shares view on sending Leopard 2 tanks

    The Polish PM may have become tired of waiting for permission to send German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

    According to Polish media, Mateusz Morawiecki has said: “Permission is a secondary matter. We will either get it quickly or do what we see fit." 

    The statement comes after Ukraine issued an appeal for more support.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukraine's Defence minister issues appeal to nations with Leopard 2 tanks

    Ukraine's Defence minister has issued an appeal to European nations that have Leopard 2 tanks.

    Oleksii Reznikov has said it is "time to join the tank coalition" to support Ukraine.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukraine asks West to speed up supplies of tanks & air defence systems

    Ukraine urged Western allies on Thursday to hurry up and supply tanks and air defences to Kyiv, saying it was paying with Ukrainian lives at the front for the slow pace of discussions in foreign capitals.

    "We have no time, the world does not have this time," said Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

    Western allies meet at the Ramstein Air Base Germany on Friday with the focus on whether Berlin will allow its Leopard 2 battle tanks to be supplied to Kyiv to help drive out Russian forces.

    "The question of tanks for Ukraine must be closed as soon as possible. Just like the questions of additional air defence systems," Yermak said in a statement.

    "We are paying for the slowness with the lives of our Ukrainian people. It shouldn't be like that."

  • Louis Allwood

    'Criminal investigation' launched after helicopter crash

    President Zelensky has thanked "everyone involved" in yesterday's rescue operation and stated that a criminal investigation has been launched.

    In his nightly address he said: "The Security Service of Ukraine has initiated a criminal investigation into this terrible event.

    "I have instructed the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine, in cooperation with all other authorized bodies, to clarify all the circumstances of the crash."

  • Henry Moore

    Zelensky hails decision to set up special tribunal

    President Zelensky has hailed the European Parliament’s decision to set up a special tribunal designed to investigate Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

    Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “I welcome the adoption of the @Europarl_EN resolution on the establishment of a Special tribunal for the crime of aggression against Ukraine.

    “I call on all our partners to support such a tribunal. Russia must be held accountable for its war of aggression and justice must prevail.”

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