Russian-Ukrainian War Live: Rescuers work through the night after deadly Russian missile attack on Dnipro building | Ukraine


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Russia cancels prisoner swap at last minute, Ukraine says

Russia on Saturday canceled a planned exchange of prisoners of war at the last minute, Ukraine’s prisoners’ body said.

The Coordinating Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War said on Telegram:

Another round of prisoner exchanges was planned today with the Russian side. However, it was canceled at the last moment on the initiative of the Russian side.

Reuters also reported that the office of the Russian Commissioner for Human Rights, Tatyana Moskalkovadid not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Russia and Ukraine have carried out numerous prisoner exchanges – most recently on January 8 – totaling hundreds of captives each over the course of the war.

On Saturday, Moskalkova posted on Telegram that Russian soldiers allegedly reported cases of extortion during their Ukrainian captivity.

Ukrainian troops on a bus after being released in a January 8 prisoner swap with Russia
Ukrainian troops on a bus after being released in a prisoner exchange with Russia on January 8. Photograph: Andriy Yermak/Telegram/Reuters

Ukrainian energy facilities operator Ukrenergo said it was working to “eliminate the consequences” of the latest Russian strikes.

Agence France-Presse reported that in Kyiv, its journalists heard several explosions, while Ukrainian officials reported strikes on a power plant.

Kyiv City Administration said:

There is an impact on an infrastructure installation, without critical destruction or fire.

In the northeastern region of Kharkiv, “the enemy launched another missile attack on critical infrastructure and industrial facilities”, the governor said, Oleg Synegubov.

Emergency power cuts have been enforced in “most regions” of Ukraine due to the new barrage of attacks, the energy minister said, German Galushchenkosaid Saturday.

Attacks have also been reported in the southern region of Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskysaid Ukraine shot down 20 of more than 30 Russian missiles fired.

“Unfortunately, energy infrastructure was also affected, with Kharkiv and Kyiv regions being the most affected, he said.

Workers clear rubble in Zaporizhzhia on Thursday after a Russian rocket attack damaged 39 homes
Workers clear rubble in Zaporizhzhia on Thursday after a Russian rocket attack damaged 39 homes. Photography: Dmytro Smolienko/Ukrinform/NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock

Ukrainian rescue workers in Dnipro also worked through the night to free a woman trapped under the rubble of a destroyed house after hearing her voice, the state emergency service said.

A Russian missile strike on an apartment building in the south-central Ukrainian city has destroyed dozens of apartments, leaving between 100 and 200 people homeless, said Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidency Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Agence France Presse reported.

About 1,700 were without electricity or heating, he said.

At least 14 people were killed in the Russian attack on Dnipro on Saturday, Ukrainian authorities said.

Welcome and Summary

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s ongoing live coverage of the war in Ukraine. It’s day 326 – it’s Adam Fulton.

In our front-page story as 9 a.m. nears in Kyiv, at least 14 people were killed and 64 injured in a building hit in a wave of Russian missile attacks across Ukraine on Saturday after midday as she celebrated the popular New Year holiday. Rescue efforts in the devastated block of Dnipro city in the central south continued overnight after the strikes – the largest wave in Russia in a fortnight – which Ukrainian officials said had targeted the country’s energy infrastructure.

Dnipropetrovsk region governor Valentyn Reznichenko reportedly told Telegram early Sunday that around 38 people had been rescued, two dozen were missing and an unknown number remained trapped in the rubble.

In other recent developments:

  • British Prime Minister confirmed that the country will supply tanks to Ukraine to help the Kyiv forces “push back the Russian troops”. Downing Street said Rishi Sunak made the promise during a Saturday morning call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and that Sunak offered Challenger 2 tanks and additional artillery systems as a sign of “the ambition of the UK to step up its support for Ukraine”. The Russian Embassy in Britain said the move would only “escalate” the conflict.

  • Emergency power cuts have been decreed in 11 regions of Ukraine after the Russian strikes on energy infrastructure. In a post on Telegram, network operator Ukrenegro said nationwide consumption limits were exceeded in 11 regions, following which “emergency shutdowns were applied”.

  • Four explosions were heard in central Kyiv on Saturday morning. For the first time since Russia launched regular missile and drone attacks on the capital in the fall, air raid sirens sounded after the attack. Until now, sirens sounded 10 to 90 minutes before an attack, giving residents time to seek cover.

  • Air raid alerts were also issued across the country, including in the major cities of Kherson and Lviv. Alerts were also issued for the regions of Kharkiv, Donestk, Dnipropetrovsk and a dozen others.

A dark street in Lyiv amid a blackout after missile attacks on power infrastructure
A dark street in Lyiv amid a blackout after missile attacks on power infrastructure. Photography: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
  • Ukraine has called on its allies for more support after its troops suffered heavy losses in fighting in Soledar and Bakhmut These last months. Russia said on Friday its forces had taken control of Soledar in eastern Ukraine, its first claim of victory in months of battlefield setbacks, while Kyiv said fierce fighting continued in the city. “To win this war, we need more military equipment, heavy equipment,” said Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Agence France-Presse reported.

  • Moldovan authorities said missile debris was found on its territory near the border with Ukraine. They said on Saturday that the discovery took place “after the massive bombardment of Ukraine by Russia” and that it was the third time that missiles from the conflict had fallen on the territory of Moldova.

  • Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accused Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of shameful submission to the United States and suggested he ritually disembowel himself. His remarks on Saturday were the latest in a long line of shocking and provocative statements by arch-hawk Medvedev, Reuters reported. Speaking later on Saturday, the day after a summit with US President Joe Biden, Kishida made no mention of Medvedev’s comment.


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