The UK Ministry of Defence says Russia “highly likely” suffered more than 300 casualties in a strike on a military accommodation in the city of Makiivka

near Donetsk city on January 1. If confirmed, the toll would represent one of the deadliest attacks on Russian forces since the start of the war.

“We assess that the majority were likely killed or missing, rather than wounded,” the ministry said in its daily bulletin published on social media.

Russia had previously said that 89 of its soldiers were killed in the attack. Russia-Ukraine war enters its 339th day

Both Germany and the US have agreed to send tanks to Ukraine. Berlin will supply its Leopard 2 and Washington, the M1 Abrams.

They are considered essential for Ukraine if it is to take back territory captured by Russia early in the war. But will such new weaponry change the course of the conflict?