latest on Ukraine: Ukrainians plead for Germany's Leopard tanks to fight Russia - NPR

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a man plays violin on the sidelines of a non secular carrier held by way of native residents in entrance of an condo building within the Ukrainian metropolis of Dnipro on Sunday. The constructing became destroyed by way of a Russian missile strike on Jan. 14.

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here's a glance ahead and a roundup of key tendencies from the past week.

What to monitor

attention continues to be fastened on Germany because it weighs even if to send Ukraine its Leopard 2 battle tanks. The nation has come under increasing criticism for so a ways declining calls to ship its tanks. On Tuesday, the German protection minister is due for talks with NATO's secretary-familiar in Berlin.

in the meantime, Poland is wanting to send its Leopard tanks to Ukraine and is awaiting a response from Berlin, which must provide permission for other countries to transfer the German-made tanks. Germany's overseas minister pointed out in an interview with French tv Sunday that Germany would no longer object.

Russia expelled Estonia's ambassador and downgraded members of the family with the NATO-member Baltic state. The movement got here after Estonia expelled Russian diplomats and offered weapons to Ukraine. Estonia is anticipated to follow suit by means of expelling Russia's ambassador.

What took place ultimate week

Ukrainians mourn the residents killed when a Russian missile struck an condo building within the southeastern city of Dnipro remaining week. It changed into probably the most deadliest contemporary attacks on civilians of the struggle, with more than forty americans lifeless and eighty wounded.

Russia claimed to take handle of the jap Ukrainian town of Soledar ultimate week, however Ukrainian and U.S. officials have disputed the claim.

Britain pledged to send Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine remaining Tuesday, calling it the "most contemporary tank at Ukraine's disposal."

Ukrainian interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky and over a dozen different people died remaining Wednesday when a helicopter crashed right into a kindergarten building in a suburb of Kyiv. One baby changed into killed and eleven little ones have been amongst greater than two dozen injured.

The U.S. and other NATO countries pledged to ship a tremendous kit of heavy weapons to Ukraine. The U.S. part is price $2.5 billion. however Germany and the U.S. declined to deliver one factor Ukraine desires: tanks.

The White house pointed out the administration will designate the Wagner community a big transnational criminal corporation and impose enhanced sanctions on the Russian private militia company closing Friday over its position within the Ukraine battle.


Ukraine reels from a devastating week.

Russia has collected a shadow fleet to ship its oil round sanctions.

a convention of plunging in an icy river persists in Ukraine, regardless of the warfare.

what's the Leopard 2 tank, and why does Ukraine want it?

Germany signals it hasn't dominated out sending Leopard tanks to Ukraine.

The U.S. and different NATO nations announce a enormous weapons package for Ukraine.

Funerals begin for dozens of americans killed in an attack on a Dnipro house complicated.

Amid the rubble in Dnipro, Ukraine, a frantic search grows more and more determined.

Russia is touting a infrequent defense force victory, however Ukraine disputes that declare.

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past tendencies

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