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Victorios news of 848th day of war: Ukrainian drones attack oil depots in Russia, Romania to transfer Patriot system to Ukraine

20 June, 2024 Thursday
21:02

Ukrainian drones attacked oil depots in Russia's Adygea and Tambov regions, Romania agreed to transfer Patriot system to Ukraine, and Rheinmetall, which produces weapons for Ukraine, received a record order

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Drones attacked facilities in the Tambov region and the Republic of Adygea

On the night of June 20, Ukraine's Security Service drones attacked a fuel and lubricants warehouse in Tambov region and an oil depot in Enemsk, Adygea Republic.

These facilities were used to process and store raw materials and finished products, which were subsequently used by the Russian army. After a series of hits by SSU drones, fires broke out at both facilities.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that air defense systems were active in six regions of Russia, reportedly downing 15 drones. This included six drones in Adygea, three in Bryansk, three in Krasnodar, one in Rostov, one in Belgorod, and one in Oryol.

Rheinmetall receives the largest order in its history, part of which is for Ukraine

German defence concern Rheinmetall has received the largest order in the company's history for the supply of 155mm artillery shells. Some of them will be provided to Ukraine. This was reported by the company's press service.

The contract, worth up to €8.5 billion, was signed on June 20 by Annette Lehnigk-Emden, head of the Bundeswehr Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Operational Support, and Rheinmetall representatives.

"The main purpose of the order is to replenish the reserves of the Bundeswehr and its allies, as well as to support Ukraine in its defence campaign," the statement says.

The delivery of ammunition is scheduled for early 2025. The main customer will be Germany, which will provide part of the supplies to Ukraine. Partner countries will also take part in the order: The Netherlands, Estonia, and Denmark.

Romania to transfer Patriot air defence system to Ukraine

Romania will transfer the Patriot air defense system to Ukraine. The decision was made on June 20 at a meeting of the country's Supreme Defense Council.

"Given the significant deterioration of the security situation in Ukraine as a result of Russia's constant and massive attacks on civilians and infrastructure, especially energy, and the regional implications of this situation, including for Romania's security, in close coordination with Allies, the Council members decided to transfer the Patriot system to Ukraine," the statement says.

It is noted that this transfer is subject to Romania continuing negotiations with Allies to obtain a similar or equivalent system to protect national airspace, modernise the Romanian army and ensure interoperability with NATO's system.

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Ukraine managed to bring 10 children back from the temporarily occupied territories

Ukraine has managed to return ten children from the temporarily occupied territories. This was announced by Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets.

"The children and their families lived in the TOT - in Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. However, they are now recovering from the horrors that the occupation authorities have inflicted on them on the territory controlled by Ukraine," the ombudsman said in a statement.

According to Lubinets, the children saw with their own eyes how the Russians carried out unreasonable searches in their homes. The mother of one of the boys said that they were living in a house damaged by a Russian shell. It was also impossible to take any action or receive medical care without a Russian passport.

Ukrainian serviceman shoots down a cruise missile with a machine gun

A Ukrainian Air Force serviceman shot down a Russian cruise missile flying towards Kyiv region with a machine gun. This was reported by the Ukrainian Air Force.

The soldier with the call sign Dr Mom, which he received because he was a medic in civilian life, is a member of a mobile firing group. On June 12, while on duty, his unit intercepted an enemy missile heading for Kyiv region.

"After receiving the command 'get ready', I and my colleagues immediately moved to the position. We were informed over the radio that our target was close. A few seconds later, we saw an enemy missile flying towards Vasylkiv. Without hesitation, I took my machine gun and opened fire on the target. There was only one thing on my mind - I had to hit it! When I fired a round from my machine gun, I saw that the missile began to deviate from its course and descend," the soldier recalls.

He believed that he had actually shot down the enemy missile with his machine gun only when he saw the wreckage with his own eyes. 

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