Updated Jan 26, 2023 - World

Russian missiles kill 11 in Ukraine after U.S., Germany promise tanks

Rescuers at work after Russian missile strikes Kyiv

Rescuers are at work following a Russian missile strike on the industrial zone of Kyiv on Jan. 26. Photo: SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images

Russia launched a new barrage of missile strikes on Ukraine Thursday, a day after the U.S. and Germany announced plans to send battle tanks to aid Ukraine's embattled military.

The latest: The strikes killed at least 11 people and wounded at least 11 others, Oleksandr Khorunzhyi, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s State Emergency Service, told national television.

  • Eleven regions of Ukraine were affected by the strikes, Khorunzhyi said.
  • Ukrainian air defenses shot down 47 of the 55 Russian missiles launched, Ukraine's military chief Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi wrote in a Telegram post Thursday.
  • Twenty of the Russian missiles were shot down in the area surrounding Kyiv, he added.
  • "The goal of the Russians remains the same – psychological pressure on Ukrainians and the destruction of critical infrastructure. But we cannot be broken!" Zaluzhnyi wrote.
  • Ukraine’s Air Force Command said in a Facebook post Thursday that it had shot down 24 Iranian-made drones that were launched overnight.

Zoom in: Explosions rocked Kyiv Thursday morning, with the missile strikes leaving one dead and two wounded, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on Telegram.

  • It is the city's first attack-related death in the new year, per AP.
  • The Russian strikes hit energy facilities in Ukraine's Odesa region as well as several other regions, Odesa Gov. Maksym Marchenko wrote in a Telegram post. No civilian casualties were reported in Odesa as a result of the strikes, he wrote in a subsequent post.
  • The strikes on energy facilities resulted in emergency power outages in several regions, with the Odesa, Kyiv and Vinnytsia regions most affected, Ukrainian Minister of Energy German Galushchenko wrote in a Facebook post.
  • The state prosecutor general’s office wrote on Telegram that three people were killed following strikes on critical infrastructure in Zaporizhzhia region.
  • The office also confirmed via Telegram that shells struck Kharkiv region, damaging several private houses.
  • Officials in the Kherson region said shelling over the past day had killed two people and injured five others, AP reported.

Editor's note: This story was updated with new information.

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