Zelensky accuses Russians of 'cowardly silence' over Dnipro attack

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President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday condemned Russian people's "cowardly silence" following the missile strike on a tower block in the city of Dnipro that has killed at least 30 people. As rescue efforts continue, the mayor of Dnipro has said the chances of recovering more survivors from the rubble is now "minimal". Follow our blog to see how the day's events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

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02:50am: Expanded US training for Ukraine forces begins in Germany

The US military's new, expanded combat training of Ukrainian forces began in Germany on Sunday, with a goal of getting a battalion of about 500 troops back on the battlefield to fight the Russians in the next five to eight weeks, said Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Milley, who plans to visit the Grafenwoehr training area on Monday to get a first-hand look at the program, said the troops being trained left Ukraine a few days ago. In Germany is a full set of weapons and equipment for them to use.

Until now the Pentagon had declined to say exactly when the training would start.

11:50PM: Belarus says joint air force drills with Russia are defensive only

Belarus' Security Council said on Sunday that joint air force drills with Russia, due to run from Jan. 16 to Feb. 1, were defensive in nature and would focus on reconnaissance missions and how to thwart a potential attack, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Speaking in Russian Zelensky he said he wanted to address those Russians "who even now could not utter a few words of condemnation of this terror...


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