Jan 29, 2023
Ukraine Latest: Russian Missile Hit on Kharkiv Building Reported
(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden said the US would not provide F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, but that he would visit Poland at some point.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva rejected an appeal by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to send ammunition to Ukraine.
France and Australia announced that they would supply Ukraine with 155 mm ammunition shells after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged partners to supply new weaponry.
The Ukrainian leader and Denmark’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, visited the southern Mykolayiv region, where Zelenskiy also discussed security and energy issues with local officials.
A Russian missile strike against a residential building in the eastern city of Kharkiv killed at least one person and injured three others, according to the regional governor.
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On the Ground
The Russian military carried out three air strikes, including one against Kharkiv, and shelled from multiple launch rocket systems, the Ukrainian General Staff said in Facebook. Russian forces continue an offensive in the direction of Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Novopavlivka.
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Lula Brushes Off Scholz’s Appeal to Join Military Aid Effort (2 a.m.)
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva turned down a German request to send ammunition to Ukraine as part of the international effort to help Kyiv repel the Russian invasion.
“Brazil has no interest in passing on ammunition so that it will be used in the war,” Lula told reporters at a press conference in Brasilia alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Scholz has been trying to rally support for Ukraine during a four-day visit to South America after agreeing earlier this month to send German battle tanks, armored fighting vehicles and a Patriot missile battery to Ukraine.
On his last stop in Brasilia, he encountered in Lula a leader who remains ambivalent about the Russian invasion and who has in the past criticized Zelenskiy and blamed him for the conflict.
Biden Says He Will Visit Poland, But Gives No Timetable (11 p.m.)
Biden spoke to reporters briefly at the White House on Monday. He said he wasn’t sure whether he will travel to Europe to mark the anniversary next month of Russia’s invasion. Separately, he said “I’m going to be going to Poland; I don’t know when, though.”
Asked if the US would provide F-16s to Ukraine, he replied simply: “No.”
France, Australia to Supply Ukraine With Artillery Ammunition (5:28 p.m.)
French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu said “several thousand 155 mm shells will be manufactured jointly” by French and Australian industries as Australia’s defense and foreign ministers visited their counterparts in Paris.
Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Discuss OPEC+ (3:39 p.m.)
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed cooperation within OPEC+ to provide oil market stability with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to the Kremlin. The two men also talked about bilateral ties during a telephone conversation, the Russian head of state’s press service said.
Ukraine Says 9,000 Russian Troops May Be in Belarus (3:23 p.m.)
Ukraine estimates about 9,000 Russian servicemen may be deployed in neighboring Belarus, Andriy Demchenko, a spokesman for the border service, said on television.
Ukraine doesn’t see any significant movement of troops in Belarus near its borders, he said.
Zelenskiy Talks Security, Energy in Southern Region (1:21 p.m.)
Zelenskiy and Frederiksen visited wounded soldiers in the hospital in the southern Mykolayiv region, according to a post on the Ukrainian leader’s Telegram channel.
During a meeting with local officials, Zelenskiy also discussed Russia’s missile and drone attacks, as well as the state of local energy infrastructure.
One Dead in Ukraine’s Second-Biggest City (1:09 p.m.)
Three people were also injured after a Russian missile hit a residential building in Kharkiv on Sunday, Oleh Synyehubov, the regional governor, said on Telegram.
Mayor Ihor Terekhov had said earlier that a fire broke out and preliminary reports indicated there would be civilian casualties. Two weeks ago, a Russian missile strike on an apartment building in the city of Dnipro killed 45 people, according to Ukrainian officials.
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