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Victorious news of 840th day of war: intelligence confirms two Russian Su-57s hit, Ukraine may receive first F-16s this summer

12 June, 2024 Wednesday

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says he will not block NATO's decision on Ukraine, and the first F-16 fighters may appear in Ukraine this summer


Orban says he will not block NATO's decision on Ukraine

Hungarian prime minister said this at a press conference with the NATO Secretary General in Budapest on Wednesday, according to European Pravda.

Orban emphasized that at the meeting he and Stoltenberg reviewed relations between Hungary and NATO.

According to the Hungarian prime minister, "everyone knows that Hungary's position on the Russian-Ukrainian war differs from that of most NATO countries." But he thanked the NATO secretary general that Budapest has always been "allowed" to express its different opinion.

"Hungary has made it very clear that it does not intend to block any decisions in NATO that may differ from what we believe is our analysis of the situation. What we focused on in today's meeting... is that any operations outside (NATO) must be voluntary, and Hungary has been given the guarantees it demands," Orban said.

Netherlands to deliver first F-16s to Ukraine this summer

Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren says the Netherlands will supply the first F-16s to Ukraine this summer, after Denmark starts delivering the fighters. She said this in an interview with European Pravda.

"I expect that the first F-16s will be delivered to Ukraine as early as this summer, and from then on, the supply of these combat aircraft will be put on a rolling basis. There will be more and more aircraft, and this will strengthen your Air Force," said Kajsa Ollongren.

First, Ukraine will receive aircraft from Denmark, and then from the Netherlands. According to the minister, this is a “joint plan.”

She also suggested that the F-16s alone will not change the course of the war, but they will “make Ukraine's Air Force and air defense much stronger.”

"These fighters will be delivered gradually. Combat use will show their effectiveness. It will significantly strengthen the Air Force, and at some point it may lead to your air superiority. But this cannot happen as soon as you receive the first F-16s. So, if someone expects an immediate effect, I advise them to be more realistic," added Ollongren.

Russia's Central Bank's frozen assets to work in Ukraine's favor

The Group of Seven (G7: the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan) summit, commencing on June 12 in Italy, is preparing significant news for Ukraine.

According to an anonymous European official involved in the development of the relevant document, speaking to Espresso, the G7 leaders—US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, along with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen—will announce a decision to provide Ukraine with $50 billion. 

This funding is primarily designated for defense purposes and to support the Ukrainian budget and reconstruction efforts.

Ukrainian army destroys Russian S-300, S-400 radars in occupied Crimea

On the night of June 12, the Ukrainian army launched a group missile strike on the temporarily occupied Crimea and destroyed two Russian S-300 and S-400 radars.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces’ General Staff reports.

"This time, a group missile strike was launched against one enemy S-300 anti-aircraft missile division near Belbek, as well as two S-400 anti-aircraft missile divisions near Belbek and Sevastopol," the statement says.

Thus, Ukrainian forces destroyed two radars of the S-300 and S-400 systems. Information about the third radar is being clarified.

In addition, further detonations of ammunition were recorded in all three areas where Russian anti-aircraft missile divisions were deployed.

Rheinmetall to start producing Lynx infantry fighting vehicles in Ukraine in 2024

Germany's Rheinmetall arms manufacturer will start production of Lynx infantry fighting vehicles in Ukraine, with the first units expected to be ready this year.

Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger confirmed this to the German outlet Handelsblatt on June 11.

“We will produce the first Lynx this year,” said Oleksandr Kamyshin, Ukraine's Minister of Strategic Industries.

Due to security concerns, neither Kamyshin nor Papperger disclosed the production location.

The Lynx, developed by Rheinmetall and first presented in 2016, features a modular design and can be equipped with various weapons. It can function as an infantry fighting vehicle or an anti-aircraft tank with a 30- to 35-mm cannon, and it can also be armed with a 120-mm Leopard tank gun.

Defence Intelligence of Ukraine confirms two Su-57s were hit

On Saturday, June 8, two of the latest Su-57 multipurpose aircraft were hit by drones in Russia.

RBC-Ukraine reported this, citing a statement by Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, during a telethon.

"One of the Su-57 was significantly damaged from this attack, while the other received lighter damage. It is likely that it will be possible to restore it in a shorter period of time," Yusov stated.

He also highlighted that this incident marks the first time Su-57s have been hit. These aircraft are considered the pride of the Russia's Air Force.

Ukraine forces destroy rare Russian Zoopark radar

The Defense Forces, together with cyber specialists of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), have destroyed the Russian Zoopark surveillance and fire control radar complex worth $25 million.

SBU press service reports on June 12.

"The Russian army wanted to mislead Ukrainian soldiers by placing several models next to the well-camouflaged radar. But this did not save the Zoopark,” the statement said.

Intelligence officers noted that this radar complex is rare in the Russian army. It is designed for reconnaissance and detection of fire from ground artillery systems, including cannon artillery and multiple launch rocket systems.

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