It has been the 444th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression.
The historic victory of the Air Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the sky over Russia! In one battle, in a brilliantly organized ambush, the Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile system destroyed four Russian combat vehicles at once! The latest Russian Su-35S fighter, Su-34 bomber and two Mi-8 helicopters were shot down!
Missiles hit Russian planes and helicopters from the bow, so all the crews were destroyed, no one had time to jump out.
The cost of the most modern serial Russian Su-35S under the export contract with China is 104 million dollars for one aircraft, that is, at the available export prices, Russian military equipment worth approximately 200 million dollars was destroyed in the battle. Pilots were also destroyed, the training of which is not only expensive, but also requires many years.
The last time Russian aviation suffered such losses in one battle was on July 30, 1970. At that time, Israel’s air force conducted Operation Rimon-20, during which in one battle 4 Russian MiG-21 fighters were destroyed at the same time, 3 pilots were eliminated, and another MiG was damaged. The Israelis had no losses in planes and pilots, one of their fighters was also damaged.
Now the Armed Forces have written their unique feat into world history.
Russian aircraft bombed Ukrainian cities, villages, bridges, and other civilian objects in the north of Ukraine with impunity, attacked peaceful homes, killed the elderly and children.
But now a successful counterattack has been carried out, and the enemy is suddenly struck in the air over the Bryansk region. This battle will significantly limit the terrorist actions of the Russian aviation.
Glory to Ukraine.
Text – Y. Butusov
What happened in Ukraine today:
Here is operational information of the General Staff as of 6 pm:
The russian federation launched another massive attack on the territory of Ukraine, using Iranian Shahed-136/131 strike UAVs. According to updated information, 18 out of 22 drones were destroyed by Ukrainian foces.
The russian forces launched an S-300 missile attack on the civilian infrastructure of Mykolaiv, resulting in civilian casualties, damage to a multi-storey building and other infrastructure. In addition, there were 66 air strikes and 70 MLRS attacks. Ukrainian settlements were also affected. In particular, as a result of shelling in Kostiantynivka, Donetsk oblast, there were 2 killed and 11 wounded civilians, including children. A private house was destroyed, 4 high-rise buildings and other civilian infrastructure were damaged.
There is still a high threat of missile and air strikes throughout Ukraine, as the enemy continues to use terror tactics.
The russian army continues to focus its main efforts on Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka directions. In total, there were about 40 combat engagements in the above-mentioned sectors over the last day, with Bakhmut and Marinka remaining in the epicenter of fighting.
The situation towards Volyn and Polissia remained unchanged, with no signs of enemy offensive groups forming.
Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy continues to maintain a military presence in the areas bordering Ukraine.
There were air strikes near Mkhy, Progress, Semenivka in Chernihiv oblast and Budarky in Kharkiv oblast. The russian forces conducted mortar and artillery attacks on the settlements of Kliusy, Yelino, Zarichchia, Mkhy, Medvedivka in Chernihiv oblast and Stara Huta, Demianivka, Bachivsk, Vilna Sloboda, Bobylivka in Sumy oblast, as well as Kozacha Lopan, Ohirtseve, Hatyshche, Bochkove, Nesterne, Budarky in Kharkiv oblast.
Towards Kupiansk, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives in the area of Novoselivske and the eastern outskirts of Stelmakhivka. There were air strikes on Vilshana and Kotliarivka. Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Tabaivka in Kharkiv oblast and Stelmakhivka in Luhansk oblast came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.
Towards Lyman, the enemy did not conduct any offensive actions. There was an air strike in the areas of Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Verkhnekamianske and Spirne in Donetsk oblast . The settlements near the contact line, namely Makiivka in Luhansk oblast, Bilohorivka, Verkhnekamianske, Spirne and Berestove in Donetsk oblast, were shelled with artillery.
The enemy continues to conduct offensive actions towards Bakhmut. Heavy fighting continues for the town of Bakhmut. In addition, during the day, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensives towards the settlements of Bohdanivka, Bakhmut and Bila Hora.
Along with conducting positional defense, Ukrainian defenders are also engaged in active operations, including offensive actions. Vasiukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Bohdanivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Chasiv Yar, Bila Hora, Druzhba, Pivnichne, Pivdenne, Toretsk, Donetsk oblast suffered from hostile shelling.
Towards Avdiivka, the enemy conducted an air strike near Avdiivka. He also shelled Pervomaiske and Karlivka in Donetsk oblast with artillery.
Towards Marinka, Ukrainian defense forces repelled numerous enemy attacks near the town of Marinka. At the same time, the settlements of Heorhiivka and Pobieda in Donetsk oblast also came under enemy fire.
Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy did not conduct any offensive actions. There was an airstrike near the settlement of Prechystivka. Vuhledar, Novoukrainka, Prechystivka and Shakhtarske were shelled.
The enemy continues to conduct defensive actions towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. He carried out air strikes near the settlements of Vremivka in Donetsk oblast, Burlatske, Zatyshshia, Huliaipole, Mali Shcherbaki in Zaporizhzhia oblast, and Beryslav and Kozatske in Kherson oblast. At the same time, Settlements near the contact line were fired at, including Malynivka, Huliaipole, Bilohiria, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka, Novopavlivka, Mali Shcherbaky and Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia Oblast; Zolota Balka, Mykhailivka, Antonivka, Chornobaivka in Kherson oblast and the city of Kherson.
russian occupation forces continue to exert pressure on Ukrainian citizens and violate human rights in the temporarily occupied territories. In particular, in Mariupol, about 50 representatives of the Investigative Committee of the russian federation were involved in humiliating interrogations accompanied by abuse of civilians.
At the same time, the russian occupiers continue to use the infrastructure of the temporarily occupied settlements to provide medical care to their wounded soldiers. Recently, in the village of Tavriyske, Kherson oblast, the invaders set up a field hospital on the territory of a kindergarten. The day before 3 military trucks with wounded occupants arrived.
Aviation of the Defense Forces conducted 8 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel and military equipment, as well as a strike on an enemy anti-aircraft missile system. Our defenders also shot down two enemy reconnaissance UAVs of the Orlan-10 type.
Rocket and artillery units hit 4 buildups of manpower, 2 ammunition depots, and 2 enemy electronic warfare stations.
A joint venture was established between the SC UkrOboronProm and the largest German concern Rheinmetall. The cooperation involves maintenance and repair of armoured vehicles.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy announces that a new sanctions package against Russia has been adopted. More than 200 companies and 37 individuals were subject to restrictions.
Recent war events in the east of Ukraine
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the russian army carried out airstrikes on Budarky in Chuhuiv region, Vilshany and Kotliarivka in Kupyansk region. At least nine settlements in Kharkiv oblast also came under artillery and mortar fire.
Serhii Melnyk, Head of Kharkiv military garrison, said that the situation on the contact line is under control, and the russian army is trying to hide its movements as much as possible so that Ukrainians do not destroy their equipment.
According to Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, a boxing tournament in honor of Kharkiv Defense Heroes has been opened. This boxing tournament was the first large-scale sporting event in Kharkiv oblast since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the russian occupiers. It was organized in accordance with all safety rules at the Zakhystnykiv Ukrayiny metro station. 20 boxers from sports clubs in Kharkiv oblast and other cities of the country attended the event.
According to Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office, the russian army continues to terrorize the civilian population of Kharkiv oblast. There are casualties. The russian occupiers shelled the village of Khatne in Kupiansk region. A 43-year-old woman was wounded. A 15-year-old boy, another woman and a man were also injured.
Kharkiv regional police reported that a 43-year-old woman from Vovchansk sustained shrapnel wounds to her legs as a result of the morning shelling of the city: she was hospitalized.
A 61-year-old civilian man was wounded as a result of shelling in the village of Ohirtseve, Chuhuiv region. Currently, medics are providing assistance to the victims.
On May 12, the russians continued to fire at the settlements of Izium, Kupiansk, Chuhuiv and Kharkiv regions. The shelling of Cherneshchyna village in Izium region damaged the buildings of a farm, killing a 30-year-old worker. A private house was also damaged.
In the village of Vilkhuvatka, Kupiansk region, a residential building and outbuildings were damaged as a result of mortar shelling.
Near Borova village in Izium region, the enemy launched a missile attack with an S-300 system. The hit was recorded outside the settlement, and a forest fire broke out.
Mine clearance works are ongoing. SES pyrotechnics inspected more than 7 hectares of territory and defused 68 ordnance.
Serhii Cherevatyi, Spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Ukrainian Armed Forces see signs of exhaustion of the russian military in Bakhmut sector. He noted that in some areas Ukrainian troops had advanced up to 300 m.
Hanna Maliar, Deputy Minister of Defense, says that Ukrainian troops are gradually advancing in two directions in the suburbs of Bakhmut. The situation in the city itself is more complicated.
Roman Padun, Head of the RMA said that about 1,500 houses in Kurakhove are without electricity due to shelling by the russian army.
Two people were killed and another 11 wounded in the shelling of Kostiantynivka. One child was among the killed and another two were wounded. In the middle of the day, russians shelled the town with artillery and Smerches. One private house was completely destroyed, 4 multi-storey buildings, 3 private houses, 2 shops, an administrative building and a cultural institution were damaged.
On May 12, at night the russians launched a missile attack on Druzhkivka, damaging 7 high-rise buildings. In addition, the enemy shelled Kramatorsk at night, damaging 2 buildings and trolleybus lines.
Towards Volnovakha, Vuhledar came under an airstrike. In Novoukrainka, 4 houses were damaged. The village was shelled with artillery, Grads and mortars.
Towards Donetsk, a 4-storey building in Kurakhove was damaged in Kurakhove community, and Kurakhivka and Hirnyk were shelled. Marinka and Maksymilianivka were shelled.
Towards Horlivka, 1 person was wounded in Kostiantynivka, 32 private houses, 2 multi-storey buildings, 2 shops and 2 gas pipelines were damaged. A house in Mykolaivka and warehouses in Novomarkove were also damaged in the community.
Towards Lysychansk, 1 house was destroyed in Yampil and 1 house was damaged in Zarichne of Lyman community.
Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of Donetsk Military Administration reported that russian forces wounded 4 residents of Donetsk oblast: 2 in Druzhkivka, 1 in Kostyantynivka and 1 in Heorhiivka.
On May 12, the russian forces did not conduct any offensives towards Luhansk, but they did not stop shelling Ukrainian villages with artillery and mortars, as well as regular air raids. They do not care that there are people who have already been under occupation and whom the enemy is so to speak “liberating” for the second time in a year.
Luhansk Regional Military Administration reported that in the temporarily occupied territories, due to the large number of wounded russian soldiers, the invaders are forcing doctors to work in several shifts.
To replenish the losses, one of the enemy units operating in Svatove community received a reserve of mobilized personnel. Among the newly arrived personnel are servicemen who have undergone treatment and rehabilitation for mental disorders. In order to fill the gaps in infantry units, the occupiers are preparing a new wave of mobilization in the so-called “lpr”.
What is happening now in the north of Ukraine
Serhiy Popko, Head of Kyiv City Military Administration, reported that at night, the enemy tried to attack Kyiv with kamikaze drones. All enemy drones were destroyed by Ukrainian air defense forces. This is the sixth air attack on the capital since the beginning of May.
According to Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of Kyiv Regional Military Administration, a private house and an outbuilding were damaged in one of the communities in Kyiv oblast as a result of fallen drone wreckage. There were no hits on the territory of the oblast.
This week, Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol, visited Kyiv. During her visit, she held meetings with ministers, members of parliament, and law enforcement partners to discuss how Europol can increase its support to the Ukrainian authorities in prosecuting war crimes and countering ongoing criminal threats. Members of the delegation also visited areas where hostilities took place to observe in person the process of investigation and evidence collection.
According to Andrii Nebytov, Head of the National Police in Kyiv oblast, police officers in the oblast are regularly trained by representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine to repel a possible renewed russian offensive in the central region. Based on the new system of personnel training, the required skills include automatic weapon and hand grenade launcher handling, explosives engineering and combat first aid training.
An exhibition concerning religious buildings destroyed by russian shelling was presented in Kyiv. It was opened in the Refectory Chamber of the Kyiv Cave Monastery National Reserve. The photo exhibition includes 40 photographs depicting the destruction of 30 places of worship of various confessions. According to Oleksandr Tkachenko, the Minister of Culture and Information Policy, 415 religious buildings have been damaged during the war in Ukraine, 100 of which were completely destroyed.
The ITV news agency reported that Banksy’s graffiti was dismantled in Irpin along with part of the wall on which it was created. The future installation is being prepared for transportation. The building on Severynivska Street, where the artist created the graffiti, will be demolished due to significant damage. At the same time, the house where Banksy painted the graffiti will be restored in Horenka. The graffiti will be preserved during the reconstruction.
The seventh evacuation train with IDPs arrived in Zhytomyr oblast from Bakhmut, Kramatorsk and Shakhove, transporting 51 people, including 19 children. Among them are 3 large families who could not get to the evacuation zone for a long time. The IDPs were provided with financial aid from the state, food packages, medical care and all other necessary items. They will be accommodated in comfortable social housing in Semenivka and Chervonne communities.
Since the beginning of 2023, 97 out of 620 internally displaced persons looking for a job have been employed via Zhytomyr Regional Employment Service. In total, more than 2.7 K unemployed people found jobs in the oblast. Today, 5 people apply for each position registered with the employment center, and the average salary per position is UAH 10,302.
Sumy Regional Military Administration reported that on May 12, the russians shelled the border areas 5 times. There were 87 explosions recorded. The settlements of Velyka Pysarivka, Bilopillia, Krasnopillia communities were shelled. As a result of mortar shelling, 2 private houses in Slavhorod village were damaged.
At night and in the morning, there were 8 attacks on the border areas and settlements of Sumy oblast. The enemy launched artillery and mortar attacks, and also fired from ATGMs. Znob-Novhorodske, Seredyno-Buda, Esman, Svesa, and Krasnopillia communities were under enemy fire. In total, there were 52 explosions recorded.
50 household solid fuel boilers for space heating and water heating were delivered to Trostianets community, provided by the Lifeline Ukraine Charitable Foundation with the assistance of Profi Corporation. Trostyanets City Council will distribute the boilers to the families of the community and single citizens who suffered the most during the war.
Sumy’s Society for Protection of Animals sheltered dozens of dogs and cats evacuated from Avdiivka. Not all the animals survived the journey, many of them need professional veterinary care. They will find homes after adaptation, health checks, and sterilization.
Yesterday and at night on April 13, the border settlements of Karpovychi, Medvedivka, Mkhy, Zarichchya, Yeline, Klusy, Krasny Khutir came under enemy fire. According to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, there were 39 explosions from 120-mm mines and 58 explosions from artillery shells in Chernihiv oblast during russian shelling.
The ‘North’ Operational Command reported that at night, border guards destroyed an Iranian-made Shahed-136/131 enemy UAV in the airspace of Chernihiv oblast.
More than 17 K reports on damaged or destroyed housing were received from residents of Chernihiv oblast. Viacheslav Chaus, Head of Chernihiv Regional Military Administration, reports that more than 2.5 K applications were reviewed. According to him, 12 K damaged and destroyed facilities were recorded in the oblast. As of May 12, more than 3 K residential buildings have been restored, and restoration work continues on another 1,500.
According to the head of RMA, Chernihiv oblast needs 63 school buses for communities. In total, UAH 28 million was allocated from the state budget for the purchase of school buses. In 2022, the oblast purchased 21 buses, and 10 buses were provided by partners.
Information hygiene/awareness courses are held for the elderly in the border community of Chernihiv oblast. Residents of Horodnia are told what a bot is, how to distinguish fake information from the true one, what to look for in news headlines, and which media to trust. The classes were launched in January 2013 and are taught by Liudmyla Petlai, an employee of the Social Services Center, who explains unknown words to Horodnia residents and helps them to be aware of the information space.
Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine
According to Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the Regional Council, russian occupiers struck the Nikopol region with heavy artillery, damaging two five-storey buildings, half a dozen private houses, three outbuildings, a garage, a minibus, and power lines in Nikopol. A man aged 57 was heavily injured and he is currently in intensive care.
The Wall of Remembrance for the fallen defenders of Ukraine was opened in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Volunteer Ilkin Hadzhiev, who lived in Vinnytsia before the war, is among the people memorialized on the Wall.
Dmytro Lunin, Head of Poltava Regional Military Administration said that the oblast has received humanitarian aid provided by the International Organisation for Migration to improve living conditions of internally displaced persons. It includes 2 K sets of bed linen, 500 folding chairs, kitchen sets, non-food items, and cleaning kits.
Nadiia Nesterenko, researcher at the Eastern Ukrainian Centre for Civic Initiatives, said that an exhibition was held in Pyriatyn dedicated to people affected by russian aggression. It is based on the testimonies and memories of those who survived captivity, torture, and persecution. The work on collecting and documenting this evidence has been ongoing since 2014.
According to Ihor Taburets, Head of the Cherkasy Regional Military Administration, a charity event “For the Brave from Smila Residents” was held in Cherkasy oblast. All the proceeds will be sent to the 118th Brigade of the Territorial Defense.
Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine
According to Andriy Yermak, Head of the President’s Office, russians struck at Huliaipole. There were about 15 hits. One man was injured as a result of the shelling.
Yurii Malashko, Head of Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration reported that as a result of 87 strikes by the russian army, 20 towns and villages in Zaporizhzhia oblast were affected: Malynivka, Huliaipole, Orikhiv, Zaliznychne, Poltavka, Shcherbaki and other settlements. The occupiers fired 80 times with artillery, attacked twice with airplanes, twice with MLRS and used UAVs three times. New destruction of civilian infrastructure and damage to homes were recorded.
Ukrposhta presented new stamps dedicated to the fighters of the Offensive Guard. A 19-year-old National Guard soldier who is fighting in Zaporizhzhia region has already shot down 7 russian air targets: 6 enemy SU-25 aircraft and one occupier’s cruise missile. Now he is depicted on a new stamp from Ukrposhta. The NGU soldier depicted on the stamp with the Golka MANPADS is a Hero of Ukraine, a National Guard soldier known as the Zaporizhzhia Avenger. The guy was nicknamed for his incredible accuracy.
Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration reported that last night the troops of the aggressor country struck Mykolaiv once again. As of now, one apartment building, a kindergarten and a bakery have been destroyed and damaged. As a result of the shelling, fires broke out at the facilities and were quickly localized by rescuers. Three people have been reported injured. Full information about the damage and the victims is being clarified. Police, rescuers and other specialized services are working at the scene. Despite the destruction, the bakery has already resumed operations and continues to provide fresh bread to residents of Mykolaiv and Kherson.
At night, on May 13, in Mykolaiv region, the air defense forces of the “South” Air Command destroyed an enemy Shahed-136/131 attack UAV.
On May 12, representatives of Prague City Transport Company (DPP) and the mayor’s office of the Czech capital handed over two Irisbus Crossway buses to the Ukrainian transport company in Mykolaiv as an aid. In recent months, DPP has already sent trams and buses to Ukraine.
According to the ‘South’ Command reported that for Odesa oblast, the threat of enemy missile strikes and kamikaze drone attacks remains high. The occupiers have recently increased aerial reconnaissance in the Black Sea, and enemy aircraft are active. In addition, in the evening, russia deployed one surface missile carrier and one submarine to the Black Sea for combat duty, the total volley of which can reach up to twelve Kalibr missiles.
A new modern stove was purchased and installed in Berezivka, Odesa Oblast, for volunteers who cook food for Ukraine’s defenders on a daily basis. Now all cooking processes are much faster.
As part of the all-Ukrainian collection Plastic Saves Lives, Odesa residents collect lids, but not all of them – only HDPE plastic is suitable for collection. The purpose of the collection is to purchase a reconnaissance UAV for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and keep the environment free of dirt.
At 4 am, the russian army attacked Beryslav with two guided aerial bombs. The building of a critical infrastructure facility was damaged. The shelling left the city without electricity. Currently, power engineers are doing everything possible to restore electricity to the town’s homes as soon as possible.
The russian army shelled Chornobaivka. It is likely that the explosives were dropped from a drone. Two people were injured. Another man was wounded as a result of the russian army’s shelling of Zolota Balka in Kherson oblast and taken to hospital.
During the night attack, air defense forces destroyed 17 Shahed drones and one Orlan-10, the Air Force reported. 21 drones were launched across Ukraine.
The General Staff reported that on May 12, the russian army launched an airstrike on Kizomys. It fired from various types of weapons at the settlements of Kherson oblast located near the contact line. In particular, Kozatske, Ivanivka, Sadove, Antonivka and Kherson.
Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of Kherson Regional Military Administration said that on May 12, the russian military fired 88 times at the oblast using various types of weapons. Kherson was shelled 15 times. The shells hit residential areas, an educational institution in Kherson, and a village council building in Bilozerska community. Two people were killed and four injured.
Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine
In Volyn, at the Ternove Pole training center, which is a unit of the operational response battalion Lutsk, engineers developed the RAIDER-2, a cargo UAV that is currently being tested.
On the border of Uzhhorod and Mukachiv regions, three new flags have been installed, namely, the State flag of Ukraine, the flags of Uzhgorod region and the famous Zakarpattia 128th Brigade.
In Ivano-Frankivsk, a charity concert Music for Victory was held in the regional philharmonic hall. Funds collected at the event will be used to purchase a vehicle for the 71st Brigade of the Airborne Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Avtomaidan activists from Chervonohrad sent three SUVs and two buses for fighters to Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts within the framework of the 1K Cars of Freedom initiative.
Specialized 3D modeling classes were launched in Solonkiv and Zubra lyceums thanks to Józefa Chrobak, benefactor from Ireland, the NGO Vinyavski pagorby and Solonkiv community.
The figure of a grieving mother and part of a stele with a bas-relief image of a soldier of the soviet army were dismantled in Mostysk community. In total, 6 objects have already been decommunized in the community.
The State Property Fund of Rivne oblast has attracted UAH 7.8 million to support the Defense Forces. This year, over 30 auctions on privatization and lease of state property have been held in the oblast, which resulted in the state budget income from privatization amounted to UAH 4.4 million, and from leasing – UAH 3.4 million.
Dozens of mothers of fallen Heroes plant flowers in the center of Ternopil. They say that they want to preserve the memory of their children.
Ternopil oblast sent a quad bike and an anti-drone device for the military to the front line. The device was created by the engineering and design group of Ternopil National Pedagogical University named after Volodymyr Hnatiuk.
As a result of a terrorist attack of the russian federation, critical infrastructure was hit in Khmelnytskyi region. Educational and medical institutions, administrative buildings, industrial facilities, multi-story and individual residential buildings were damaged. The number of injured residents of the community is almost 30. “This is the largest damage both since the beginning of the war in 2014 and since February 24, 2022,” said Oleksandr Simchyshyn, Mayor of Khmelnytskyi.
Chernivtsi community received a grant within the international cooperation program “EU4Business: recovery, competitiveness and internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises“, which is jointly financed by the EU and the German government. The program is aimed at supporting economic stability, recovery and growth of Ukraine, creating better conditions for the development of Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as supporting innovation and exports.
In Bukovina, institutions where IDPs live received humanitarian aid, namely, 21 electric and 1 gas stove, 90 kettles and 25 hair dryers, from the International Organization for Migration.
International support of Ukraine in the russian-Ukrainian war (russia’s invasion of Ukraine)
After three days of negotiations, G7 finance ministers suggested increasing the economic and budgetary support of Ukraine for 2023 and the beginning of 2024 to $44 billion.
Germany is preparing the largest package of military aid for Ukraine since the war began. The €2.7 billion package will include: 20 Marder BMPs; 30 Leopard 1 tanks; 18 wheeled howitzers; 4 IRIS-T-SLM air defense systems, 12 launchers and hundreds of missiles for it; 200 reconnaissance UAVs; 100 combat vehicles and over 100 logistic support vehicles.
The Belgian government announced that the country will direct €92 million received in the form of taxes on profits from €250.6 billion of russian assets frozen in the country to support Ukraine.
The two chambers of the Swiss Parliament and the National Council have voted to amend the Law, which will allow the supply of military equipment to Ukraine in the future. The country has been neutral since 1815.
Rheinmetall, the largest German concern, created a joint venture with Ukroboronprom. In particular, cooperation involves the maintenance and repair of armored vehicles, and in the future, the production of tanks.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Italy. On the agenda is a meeting with his colleague Sergio Mattarella, George Maloney, Prime Minister, and Pope Francis.
Dmytro Kuleba, Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, took part in the summit of Latin American countries for the first time in history. The association unites 25 countries of the region and is an influential diplomatic platform in Latin America.
Johann Vadeful, deputy head of the faction of the opposition bloc of the CDU/CSU Christian parties in the Bundestag, called to allow Ukraine to use German weapons on the russian territory as well.
The EU wants to lay a new internet cable across the Black Sea in order to reduce dependence on the infrastructure of the russian federation. A 100-kilometer cable will cost the EU EUR 45 million. It will connect Europe with the Caucasus. The project is currently under consideration.
Pernod Ricard, theFrench alcohol company, stated that they stop exporting to russia.
A wave of #UnitedWeWin actions are rolling around the world with the demand to try putin in the Hague. Actions in support of Ukraine on the occasion of the anniversary of the end of the Second World War are ongoing in dozens of cities around the world. The slogan Never Again has been replaced by War Again.
Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Vita Petrenko, Аnna Efremova, , Halyna Vaskiv
Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Ioanna Kryvenko, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Yevheniia Sukhonos, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya
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