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Victorious news of 790th day of war: trucks full of wounded Russian soldiers in Mariupol, largest military aid package from Britain

23 April, 2024 Tuesday
22:10

Additional long-range Storm Shadow missiles from the UK, a new batch of armored vehicles from Lithuania and neutralized Russian soldiers in Mariupol

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Record military aid from the UK

Britain has announced the largest military aid package to Ukraine in history.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will visit Poland to announce the largest military aid package for Ukraine worth 500 million pounds

The £500 million in additional funding will be used to quickly deliver urgently needed ammunition, air defense equipment, drones, and engineering support. It is known that the drones will be purchased in the UK.

The UK Ministry of Defense will also send Ukraine a package of equipment designed to repel Russian invasion on land, sea and air. The aid package includes:

  • 60 boats including offshore raiding craft, rigid raiding craft and dive boats as well as maritime guns
  • More than 1,600 strike and air defense missiles, as well as additional Storm Shadow long-range precision-guided missiles. 
  • More than 400 vehicles, including 160 protected mobility ‘Husky’ vehicles, 162 armored vehicles and 78 all-terrain vehicles.
  • Nearly 4 million rounds of small arms ammunition.

Assistance for critical infrastructure from Denmark

Denmark will provide €380 million to Ukraine for critical infrastructure that uses renewable energy. The two countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on long-term cooperation and the reconstruction of Ukraine.

In addition to €380 million, Denmark will provide €40 million to support the Ukrainian private sector involved in the reconstruction of the country. 

The Ministry of Finance of Ukraine notes that the countries will work on opportunities for cooperation in the shipbuilding industry, including naval capabilities. 

"This may include Ukraine's participation in the development of Danish patrol vessels with the possibility of concluding a future procurement agreement," the ministry said. 

Lithuania plans to buy air defense radars for Ukraine and has handed over a new batch of armored vehicles 

Lithuania wants to contribute to Ukraine's air defense, in particular by purchasing air defense radars, Lithuanian Defense Minister Laurinas Kasciunas said at a meeting of EU foreign and defense ministers.

The minister noted that he had recently visited Ukraine and was convinced that air defense needs are Ukraine's most urgent priority.

"In a few months, Ukraine is likely to face a shortage of ammunition again. Therefore, we need to look for opportunities to provide them immediately. Currently, there is a good opportunity for this on the international markets," the defense minister said.

In addition, Lithuania handed over a new batch of M577 command and staff armored vehicles to Ukraine. The batch of armored vehicles arrived in Ukraine on April 23. The exact number of vehicles was not disclosed.

"Lithuania's support for Ukraine is long-term and already amounts to one billion euros. Lithuania has provided Ukraine with military support worth about 610 million euros. During this year, support has already been provided for about 84 million euros, and it is expected that this support dynamics will continue," the statement said.

Three Ural trucks with heavily wounded Russian soldiers taken to Novoazovsk

Advisor to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko, said that on Monday evening, April 22, in the left-bank district of the city, the Ukrainian Defense Forces struck a large location of Russian forces.

He shared the information on Espreso TV.

"The hit was directly in the left-bank district of Mariupol. This is the eastern part of the city in the area of Tahanrozka Street. There are at least two large locations of the Russian occupiers there. One of them was struck," Andriushchenko said.

According to Andriushchenko, Russian forces managed to extinguish the fire after midnight.

"Our guerillas in the city report that after the occupiers managed to extinguish the fire, three Ural trucks with people left the city in the direction of Novoazovsk. Most likely, they were transporting seriously wounded people. Because the severely wounded troops are not left in Mariupol. The city only accepts light and moderate wounded. That is, those who can be saved. The seriously wounded are taken to Novoazovsk and Taganrog," he added. 

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