Live updates: Russia sees U.S., Germany sending tanks to Ukraine as 'direct involvement'
- The United States and Germany have announced plans to send Ukraine dozens of advanced battle tanks, hailed by Kyiv as a potential turning point in its fight in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and seen by the Kremlin as "direct involvement" from the West.
- Ukraine said at least 11 people were killed after Moscow fired more than 50 missiles aimed at energy facilities on Thursday, hours after Germany and the U.S. announced their plans to provide modern tanks to the country. Emergency power outages were imposed in some regions.
- The United States on Thursday stepped up sanctions against the Wagner Group, labeling the Russian mercenary company fighting in Ukraine as a transnational criminal organization responsible for widespread human rights abuses.