• 5 a.m.: according to the German press, Berlin will decide on the delivery of tanks to Ukraine

Chancellor Olaf Scholz exchanges Wednesday January 24 with the German Parliament within the framework of a session of parliamentary questions, with, in the key, a possible announcement on the deliveries of heavy tanks Leopard to Ukraine, which demands them with insistence for defend against the Russian invasion.

Two German media, Der Spiegel and the news channel NTV, have assured that Olaf Scholz, who will speak at 1 p.m. (Paris time) in front of the lower house of Parliament, will probably give the green light on this occasion to countries, including Poland and Finland, which wish to deliver German-made Leopard 2 tanks to kyiv.

"Germany is sending Leopard tanks to Ukraine," tweeted the Liberal Democratic Party (FDP), a member of Olaf Scholz's government coalition.

  • 3:46 a.m .: US tank deliveries would represent an “obvious provocation”, according to Moscow

Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said Wednesday that a decision by Washington to send combat tanks to Ukraine would represent "another obvious provocation".

"It is obvious that Washington is deliberately trying to inflict a strategic defeat on us," Anatoly Antonov said in comments posted on the embassy's Telegram account.

"If the United States decides to deliver tanks, then justifying this choice by invoking the argument of 'defensive weapons' will not work. This would represent another obvious provocation against the Russian Federation."

The United States could announce this week the delivery of Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine.

  • 3:22 a.m.: Two aid workers killed in Soledar

Two British aid workers who have been missing for several days, Chris Parry, 28, and Andrew Bagshaw, 47, were killed while trying to evacuate residents under shelling in Soledar, eastern Ukraine , their families announced on Tuesday evening.

The boss of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, Yevgeny Prigojine, had published on January 11 on the Internet identity photos seeming to correspond to the two missing British, claiming that they had been found on the body of one of them.

With AFP and Reuters

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