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Victorious news of 694th day of war: Ukraine's intelligence targets oil terminal in Russia, Russian ship sinks in Sevastopol

18 January, 2024 Thursday

Ukrainian guerrillas in Sevastopol discovered a sunken Russian ship, and Slovak parliament authorized arms supplies to Ukraine

Slovak parliament authorizes arms exports to Ukraine

The Slovak parliament has supported an amendment that gives the country's defense ministry the authority to approve arms exports, paving the way for public and private arms companies to continue military support for Ukraine.

This was reported by Politico.

It is noted that this marks a complete reversal of the government's campaign promise to Prime Minister Robert Fico "not to provide any ammunition" to Kyiv.

UAV attack on Moscow, Leningrad regions: Ukraine's intelligence targets oil depot

This was reported by Ukrainian media, citing their own sources.

"This is a military intelligence operation involving modern Ukrainian weapons. Data collection continues, and there are confirmed hits on targets. From now on, the military facilities of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region are within the reach of Ukrainian forces," the statement said.

When asked whether this was the first time Ukrainian drones attacked the Leningrad region of the Russian Federation, the Ukrainian source replied: "Not for the first time, but there are differences, and the enemy has felt them."

The Russian media ASTRA and SHOT wrote about the hit on the oil terminal.

It is noted that the drone allegedly tried to attack an oil terminal in St Petersburg. It was carrying about 3kg of explosives. 

Preliminary, the wreckage of the drone fell in the open area of one of the port's elevator sites between fuel oil tanks. After the crash, the drone exploded, causing a fire. The burning area was 130 square metres.

In addition, Russia confirmed a strike on the Moscow region.

Russian ship sinks in Sevastopol

Ukrainian partisans have discovered a sunken Russian Tarantula ship in the temporarily occupied Sevastopol. It was previously hit by naval drones a few weeks ago.

This was reported by the Atesh guerrilla movement.

"During the reconnaissance of ships in Sevastopol, Atesh agents discovered a sunken border guard ship of the 205P Tarantul project," the statement said.

It is noted that it was probably hit a few weeks ago during an attack by naval drones on the Russia's military facilities.

This particular ship was stolen by invading Russian forces in 2014. It was actively used by them for military purposes.

France will supply Ukraine with up to 50 bombs per month

France will supply Ukraine with up to 50 bombs per month until the end of 2024. Kyiv will also receive the promised amount of artillery ammunition.

This was stated by French Defense Minister Sebastian Lecornu, Le Figaro reports.

In particular, the official announced an increase in the supply of artillery ammunition to 3,000 shells per month.

"In the period from February 2022 to the end of 2023, France supplied 2,000 shells per month to Ukraine, and since January - 3,000 shells per month," he said.

At the same time, Lecornu does not believe that Russia has seized the initiative at the front. In his opinion, Russia will not win the war against Ukraine, as the Russian army's successes are limited to "two kilometers gnawed here and taken back".

Over 20 countries create artillery coalition to help Ukraine

On January 18, Germany, France, the United States and more than 20 other countries created an artillery coalition in Paris to help Ukraine repel Russian aggression.

This was reported by the Voice of Ukraine.

The 23-nation initiative, led by the United States and France, is part of the efforts of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (Ramstein), which brings together more than 50 of Kyiv's allies.

The French Ministry of Defense said that the "artillery coalition" seeks to join forces to help Ukraine have artillery forces that meet the needs of its counter-offensive and its army of the future, in the short and long term.

The initiative is also seen as another crucial step in Ukraine's transition from Soviet to Western artillery.

Ukrainian aviation strikes at 5 Russian military clusters

This was reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

During the day, Ukrainian military aviation struck 5 areas where personnel, weapons and military equipment of the Russian forces were accumulated.

Missile troops struck a Russian control center


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