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It’s nighttime in Kyiv: Here’s what you need to know about the war

It's nighttime in Kyiv: Here's what you need to know about the war

The death toll from a Russian missile strike on an apartment block in Dnipro on Saturday has risen to 45 as search teams continue to sift through the rubble. At least 19 people are still missing after one of the deadliest attacks of the war, according to officials.

Here are some of the latest developments:

International support: European Commission President Ursula von de Leyen told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday that Western allies need to “step up” the level of military support and equipment being sent to Ukraine. And on Tuesday, a series of countries made announcements to do just that.

  • The Netherlands said it plans to join the US and Germany in sending a Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine. US President Joe Biden thanked Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte for “standing strong with Ukraine.”
  • The British government is sending heavy weaponry to Ukraine, including tanks. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday praised the United Kingdom for its announcement.
  • The White House teased that an additional aid package could be announced “as soon as the end of this week.” The Pentagon also confirmed that around 100 Ukrainians have begun training on the Patriot missile system in Oklahoma.
  • Australian military personnel are set to be deployed to the United Kingdom to help train the Ukrainian military, according to UK Defense Minister Ben Wallace. He said the UK will train another 20,000 Ukrainian troops this year.
  • Spain’s prime minister on Tuesday also pledged to support Ukraine.

Dnipro missile attackA small memorial at the foot of a statue of a Ukrainian writer appeared in Moscow on Tuesday commemorating the 45 people who died in the Dnipro apartment bombing. It is not clear who started the memorial.

Impending import ban: Europe is scrambling to buy diesel fuel from Russia before a ban on imports comes into force in early February. But the frantic stockpiling is unlikely to prevent a new price shock for truckers, drivers and businesses.

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