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Victorious news of 685th day of war: Russian oil depot hit, drone manufacturers added to sanctions list

9 January, 2024 Tuesday
22:10

Belgorod authorities report new shelling, Estonia will provide military aid for the next four years, and a German defense company has begun construction of an armored vehicle service center in Ukraine

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Explosion at Russian oil depot

'Kamikaze' drones attacked the territory of the Orelnefteprodukt oil depot in the Russian city of Oryol, injuring three people. Three more UAVs were shot down in neighboring Kursk.

"Two unmanned aerial vehicles crashed on the territory of the city of Oryol on the fuel and energy complex. The fire was promptly localized, and the necessary assistance is being provided," the governor of the region said in a statement. Three people were injured as a result of the drone crash. They have shrapnel wounds.

Then, a third drone "crashed" on a non-residential building in the Oryol municipal district. The Russians reported that they had shot down three drones.

Belgorod is under fire

Belgorod's authorities claim that on the evening of October 8, air defense allegedly shot down 10 air targets "on the approach to the city."

The governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, reported that windows were smashed in two apartment buildings, and three cars were damaged by debris. Four trucks caught fire.

Gladkov reports three victims. A woman was wounded in her back, a man was hit by shrapnel in the chest, forearm and back. Another local resident's chest and arm were wounded.

Military assistance from Estonia over next four years

The Estonian government intends to provide Kyiv with military aid in the amount of 0.25% of its GDP over the next four years and calls on other countries to do the same

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said this, ERR reports.

"If each country contributes 0.25%, this is what Ukraine needs to win this war," Kallas said after a regular meeting of the National Defense Council, calling on other countries to follow Estonia's example.

Repair center for armored vehicles from Germany

The German defense company Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft has started construction of an armored vehicle service center in Ukraine, German Bundestag member Markus Faber reported on Twitter.

"In the west of Ukraine, Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft is building a repair center for armored vehicles that need repair, such as the Leopard 1s it supplied," he wrote.

Faber added that the deployment of repair facilities in Ukraine will significantly increase efficiency and reduce the time it takes to restore equipment, as expensive and time-consuming transportation abroad will no longer be necessary in the future, and the Armed Forces will be able to train their mechanics on-site.

FFG is one of the largest suppliers of armored vehicles to Ukraine.

In particular, these include Leopard 1A5 tanks, WiSENT 1 MC engineering vehicles, Pionierpanzer 2A1 Dachs, and IRIS-T SLS anti-aircraft launchers.

Russian drone companies are added to sanctions list

According to a decree of the President of Ukraine, personal special economic and other restrictive measures have been imposed on 5 legal entities and 5 individuals involved in the manufacture of Russian drones, the BES (Bureau of Economic Security) website reports.

Russian companies that have been supplying components for the production of Lancet kamikaze drones in order to circumvent the sanctions. In particular, we are talking about the Kalashnikov Concern and related companies and individuals.

"Concern Kalashnikov is a diversified holding company producing civilian and military products, an enterprise in the small arms sector of the Russian military-industrial complex. It produces automatic and sniper weapons, guided artillery shells and high-precision weapons.

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