in Ukraine, the number of victims of a strike on a building on the Dnipro increased

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Airborne military drills with Russia started Monday in Belarus, an announcement that sparked kyiv fears of a new offensive in the North. In Ukraine, rescuers are trying to find survivors in the rubble of a residential building on the Dnipro, which was hit by a Russian missile. According to the latest reports, 35 people were killed, including two children. Follow the latest developments in the conflict live.

  • 8:32 a.m.: The strike toll on the Dnipro rises to at least 35 dead

The death toll from a Russian attack on a building in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine, has risen to at least 35 people killed, including two children, and dozens injured, regional governor Valentyn Reznichenko said Monday.

“Thirty-nine people were rescued, another 75 were injured,” the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region added on social media. He said “the fate of the other 35 occupants of the building is unknown” as rescue operations continued.

  • 08:13: Ukrainian freighter stranded in Bosphorus Strait, disrupted traffic

A freighter traveling from Ukraine to Turkey ran aground in the Bosphorus Strait and traffic was halted.

Several tugboats were sent to assist the ship, the coast guard said.

The ship was carrying 13,000 tons of peas, and no damage or spillage was found.

  • 08:00: Has Western support for Ukraine changed naturally?

NATO announced on Sunday that Ukraine can expect to receive new Western heavy weapons “in the near future”, while several countries questioned the delivery of battle tanks. With the supply of arms increasingly offensive, has Western military assistance changed in character? Analysis by Bruno Daroux, international columnist for France 24.

  • 7:30 am: Zelensky’s speech is scheduled for the Davos Forum

Nearly a year after Russia invaded Ukraine, the conflict and its effect on global energy and defense policies will dominate debate at the Davos Economic Forum, which opened in Switzerland.

If Russia is absent for the second year in a row, a Ukrainian delegation is expected in Switzerland, and President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to intervene remotely.

An opportunity for them to speak with hundreds of political figures, such as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres or NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, about 600 business leaders, various media and representatives of civil society: NGOs, researchers and even stars, such as actors Idris Elba or soprano Renee Fleming.

  • 07:00: Belarus and Russia begin “defensive” air drills.

Belarus and Russia have started air drills presented by Minsk as “defensive”, to prepare for a potential combat situation, an announcement that comes amid growing fears that Moscow is pushing its allies to join the offensive in Ukraine.

In a message posted on the Belarusian Defense Ministry’s Telegram account, a senior representative of the National Security Council assured that the maneuvers, which will last until February 1, are “purely defensive in nature”.

As before the launch, on February 24, from what it called a “special military operation” in Ukraine, Russia had amassed troops in Belarus, where military activity has multiplied. Moscow has used its allied countries as rear bases to launch attacks on Kyiv in particular, through northern Ukraine.

The situation has raised fears in Kyiv and the West that Russia is leaning on Belarus for a new ground offensive in the region, a scenario for which Ukraine is actively preparing.

  • 06:00: 30 dead and many missing after Russian missile launch on Dnipro

Ukrainian authorities have little hope of finding survivors in the rubble of a building hit by a missile the day before during a wave of Russian bombing, on the Dnipro in central Ukraine.

According to the latest aid report late Sunday, 45 people are still missing after the partial collapse of the nine-story building. At least 30 people were killed and 75 injured.

With AFP and Reuters

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