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Victorious news of 757th day of war: Pro-Ukrainian volunteers' raid inflicts losses on Russia, strengthening of social protection for Ukrainian soldiers

21 March, 2024 Thursday

Western countries persist in providing assistance to Ukraine, while the Russian army suffered losses exceeding a thousand soldiers during a raid on Russian regions. Additionally, the film 20 Days in Mariupol has been made available on all Ukrainian online platforms

Canada allocates $1.5 billion to Ukraine

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal announced the information on Telegram.

"Another good news for today. Ukraine has received 2 billion Canadian dollars from Canada, which is equivalent to 1.5 billion US dollars," he said.

According to him, these are important funds that will help the government of Ukraine finance the deficit, including social programs to help Ukrainians.

Shmyhal said that the total amount of financial support from Canada since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion is almost 7 billion Canadian dollars.

"We are grateful to the Canadian people and government, who remain our reliable allies in these difficult times," the Prime Minister summarized.

Spain to send 19 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

La Vanguardia reported the information, citing sources in the defense ministry.

Nineteen Leopard 2A4s are slated for production at the Santa Barbara Sistemas plant in Alcalá de Guadaira (Seville). The delivery will be divided into two batches: ten battle tanks are expected to be delivered by the end of June, followed by nine more in September.

The order was given by the head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, who, together with Defense Minister Margarita Robles, met with representatives of major Spanish defense companies. During the meeting, Sanchez confirmed the government's strong condemnation of Russia's aggression against Ukraine. And it is within this context that the new delivery will take place.

Australia joins Ukrainian drone coalition

Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles said that his country has joined the coalition of drones for Ukraine.

The Guardian reported the information.

"Today we also announce that Australia will participate in the drone coalition which is being led by both the United Kingdom and Latvia," Marles said.

According to him, Australia will "continue making our contribution to the effort to have Ukraine stay the course and be able to resolve this conflict [war] on its terms."

Attack on Belgorod region with Vampire MLRS

On the morning of March 21, the Russian Ministry of Defense accused Ukraine of an alleged attack on the Belgorod region using Vampire MLRS.

The Russian Ministry of Defense reports.

"At about 8:00 am Moscow time, an attempt by the Kyiv regime to launch a terrorist attack on targets in the Russian Federation using the RM-70 Vampire multiple launch rocket system was prevented," the statement said.

It is noted that Russian air defense forces "traditionally" destroyed 10 rockets in the air over the Belgorod region.

Meanwhile, the Russian propaganda outlet TASS reports on the alleged damage to the Belgorod Arena building, allegedly due to shelling.

"The building's glazing and part of its facade were damaged. A shell crater was found near the arena," the outlet wrote.

Later, the governor of Belgorod region Vyacheslav Gladkov said that there were allegedly 5 victims. Also, more than 30 apartments were damaged in the city. In one of the apartment buildings, shell fragments landed on the upper floors, and there is a threat of a balcony collapse.

There are also damages to the power line in the city, temporarily leaving about 5,000 residents without power supply. According to preliminary data, 10 cars were damaged.

In the region, 5 private households and 2 cars were damaged.

Ukraine's parliament adopts bill to strengthen social protection of military

Ukrainian MPs Iryna Friz and Yaroslav Zheleznyak reported the information.

In the second reading, 296 MPs supported the bill.

The purpose of the draft law is to improve the mechanisms for ensuring certain rights of servicemen, in particular, the right to information, medical care, leave, as well as the right of police officers to a one-time financial assistance in the event of death, and to determine disability.

For the second reading, the document removed the provisions that proposed to excessively restrict the rights of military personnel to freedom of speech and publication of information online.

The draft law allows servicemen to be treated for up to 12 months, including abroad, without the need to undergo a personal military medical examination after 4 months.

The law stipulates that in the event of the death of a serviceman, the family is entitled to receive a cash payment of UAH 15 million.

"The provisions on additional excessive regulation of the import of humanitarian aid were also rejected. It should be regulated by the relevant legislation, and it is wrong and unacceptable to impose restrictions under the beautiful sign of 'social security for the military'," Friz wrote.

The bill also states that priests of the so-called Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) cannot be military chaplains.

Freedom of Russia Legion details Russian army losses in raid on Belgorod and Kursk regions

The Russian army lost at least 1,500 soldiers killed and wounded as a result of pro-Ukrainian Russian military volunteers’ raid in the Kursk and Belgorod regions of Russia.

This was stated by Freedom of Russia Legion representative Alexey Baranovsky during a press conference.

According to him, during the entire raid in the Kursk and Belgorod regions, the Russian army suffered:

  • 651 fatalities;
  • 980 injuries;
  • 37 captured;
  • 121 units of equipment destroyed;
  • 50 units of damaged equipment.

Meanwhile, Baranovsky declared that during the raid, volunteers succeeded in liberating two settlements from the "Putin regime."

Estonia announces new  €20 million aid package for Ukraine

Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur, during his visit to Kyiv on Thursday, March 21, announced a new €20 million military aid package for Ukraine.

This is stated in the department.

According to him, the military aid package for Ukraine includes artillery shells, anti-tank guns, explosives, gas masks, sniper equipment, and smaller caliber ammunition.

"We put this package together focussing on providing the maximum benefit to Ukraine while making sure to not diminish Estonian defence readiness," said Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur.

At the same time, the aid package contains 155 mm shells, which is Estonia's additional contribution to the European Union's initiative to send one million shells to Ukraine.

The Oscar-winning film 20 Days in Mariupol is now available on all Ukrainian online platforms

The Ukrainian film distributor Arthouse Traffic reported the information.

On March 21, Mstyslav Chernov's documentary 20 Days in Mariupol, created in collaboration with the American documentary studio FRONTLINE and the American news agency Associated Press, was released on Ukrainian services.

The film, which won the first Oscar for Ukraine in the Best Feature Documentary category, is now available for viewing on Sweet.TV, Megogo, Kyivstar TV, Takflix, and Volia TV.

In addition, the film is being screened on big screens in selected cinemas in Ukraine.

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