Ukrainian air defenses successfully shot down the majority of a barrage of missiles launched by Russia, but one man was killed by falling missile fragments in Kyiv.
Elsewhere, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he is "not interested" in peace talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, and Germany has confirmed that it will deliver Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine by the end of March.
Here are the latest headlines:
- One dead in Russian strikes: One man was killed in the city of Kyiv as Russia launched a wave of air strikes. All 20 missiles were shot down by Ukrainian air defenses, according to the head of the city's military administration, but the man was killed by falling missile fragments. A Kyiv city official has accused Russia of using the Iranian-made attack drones it sent to Ukraine overnight to try and distract Ukrainian air defense units
- Russia fires missiles across Ukraine: Thursday’s wave of Russian air strikes damaged energy infrastructure in Ukraine’s southern Odesa region, causing “major troubles with the power supply,” regional governor Maksym Marchenko said on Telegram. Strikes were also reported in the Kyiv region and the Vinnytsia region.
- Leopard 2 tanks to be delivered by end of March: Germany is planning to deliver Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine by the end of March, according to German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius. ''This is not too late," Pistorius said, following criticism over delays in deciding to provide Ukraine with tanks.
- Tanks evidence of "direct involvement" in conflict: Moscow sees the delivery of modern Western battle tanks to Ukraine as “direct involvement” in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. "Everything that the alliance ... does is perceived as direct involvement in the conflict, we see that it is growing," he said.
- US to deliver Abrams tanks to Poland: Poland will receive its first Abrams tanks from the United States in the spring, defense minister Mariusz Błaszczak said Thursday. Błaszczak said that 58 of the US-made tanks will be delivered in the coming months, and Polish troops had been undergoing training on the vehicles "for some time." In December, the US approved a $3.75 billion sale of Abrams tanks to Poland.
- Srdjan Djokovic criticized for appearing with Russia supporters: The Australian Open has issued a warning to players after tennis star Novak Djokovic's father Srdjan was seen posing with flag-waving supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a video posted on YouTube by a known Putin supporter, Srdjan Djokovic can be seen posing with a man wearing a pro-war "Z" symbol on his shirt, while holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it.