Russian-Ukrainian War Live: US and Germany set to reveal tank deal; Zelenskiy warns of ‘new wave of attacks’

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Key events

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the war in Ukraine. My name is Helen Sullivan and I will bring you the latest news shortly.

Our main story this morning: The United States and Germany are said to be about to boost Ukraine’s war effort with the delivery of heavy main battle tanks. However, there is no official confirmation.

Germany’s decision is expected to be made official on Wednesday and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is expected to be questioned in the Bundestag tomorrow morning in a debate likely to be dominated by the tank decision.

Meanwhile, late Tuesday evening, Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned that “Russia is preparing for another wave of aggression with the forces it can muster”.

We’ll have more on these stories soon. In the meantime, here are the other key recent developments:

  • In Ukraine, 15 senior officials have resigned since Saturday, six of whom have been the subject of corruption charges brought against them by journalists and Ukrainian anti-corruption authorities. Ukraine’s deputy head of the presidential office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Tuesday he had asked Zelenskiy to remove him from his duties amid the wave of resignations and firings from the government on Monday.

  • Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov, responsible for supplying troops with food and equipment, also resigned. citing “corruption allegations” in the media that he and the ministry say are baseless. Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksiy Symonenko was removed from office and two deputy ministers resigned from Ukraine’s Ministry of Community and Territorial Development.

  • Five regional governors are also removed from office: Valentyn Reznichenko from Dnipropetrovsk, Oleksandra Starukha from Zaporizhzhia, Oleksiy Kuleba from Kiev, Dymtro Zhivytskyi from Sumy and Yaroslav Yanushevich from Kherson. Kherson and Zaporizhizhia are two of the regions of Ukraine that the Russian Federation claims to annex.

  • The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has turned back its doomsday clock, meant to illustrate the existential risks to the world, 90 seconds to midnight, the closest to midnight the clock has come since its introduction in 1947. This is “largely” due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, they said.

  • Ukraine has sufficient coal and gas reserves for the remaining winter months despite repeated Russian attacks on its energy system, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.

  • Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto has announced a possible pause in talks with Turkey over Finland’s ambitions to join NATO with Sweden. which he says is due to the pressure of Turkey’s upcoming elections.

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