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Victorious news of 841st day of war: 5 destroyed Russian boats, $50 billion for Ukraine from frozen Russian assets

13 June, 2024 Thursday

Drones attacked two Russian regions, the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed 5 Russian boats, and Argentina joined Ramstein group


Russia reports drone attacks in two regions

“Last night, several attempts by Ukraine to carry out terrorist attacks using drones against targets in Russia were stopped,” the Russian Defense Ministry reported on June 13. . 

The Russian ministry said it shot down three aerial drones over the Yaroslavl region and another drone over the Vladimir region.

Norway to provide Ukraine with over $45 million worth of mortar ammunition

This was reported on the Norwegian government website.

"Ukraine's need for firepower is extensive and urgent. We have now donated 81mm bomb launcher ammunition for a value of approximately NOK 480 million," said Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram.

The report says that 81-mm mortars typically have a range of 5-6 kilometers and help heavy artillery at shorter distances.

The Norwegian government also noted that the country had recently transferred hand grenades worth NOK 50 million and sniper ammunition worth NOK 3 million to Ukraine.

Argentina joins Ukraine Defence Contact Group

Argentina has joined the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (Ramstein group) that comprises over 50 countries.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced it on June 13 at the opening of the 23rd Ramstein-format summit, RBC-Ukraine reports.

"Fortunately, support for Ukraine is growing and not weighing. In fact, I'm pleased to welcome Argentina as a new member,” the Pentagon chief said.

Ukrainian Defense Forces destroy 5 Russian boats

The occupying Russian army lost at least 5 boats in southern Ukraine in one day.

This was reported by Ukraine's Navy spokesman Dmytro Pletenchuk.

"Russia is now out of 5 boats in the South. Hmm... Usually, it's 1 to 2. Something 'went wrong' apparently," he said.

The Southern Defense Forces also confirmed the destruction of 5 Russian boats while summing up Russia's losses in the southern direction.

G7 to allocate $50 billion to Ukraine from frozen Russian assets

German Finance Minister Christian Lindner has confirmed that the G7 countries have agreed to allocate $50 billion from the proceeds of frozen Russian assets to Ukraine

He wrote about this on Twitter on June 13.

"Good news from the G7: Another $50 billion for Ukraine. We're using interest from frozen assets – a smart move that shows our unity against Putin, provides significant help to Ukraine, and eases the burden on our budgets. We're now working out the details," Lindner stated.

Earlier, AFP reported that the Group of Seven (G7) had agreed to allocate $50bn to Ukraine from Russia's frozen assets.

The publication notes that this information was provided by France. Ukraine should receive the money by the end of 2024.

"G7 leaders agree to unlock $50 billion for Ukraine by the end of 2024," the report said.

First Ukrainian driver in history to take part in Italian Formula 4

Oleksandr Bondarev will take part in the final two Italian Formula 4 rounds later this year ahead of a full year in F4 in 2025.

Bondarev, who turned 15 in April, became the first Ukrainian racer in history to sign with a Formula 1, Williams Racing sporting director Sven Smeets confirmed it to the Feeder Series on June 13.

While Bondarev had, according to Smeets, “already done F4 testing” by the time of recording on 30 May, a more intensive programme has since begun.

US to grant Ukraine $100 million military aid package 

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin says Ukraine will receive a $100 million military aid package, including artillery ammunition and missiles for air defense systems

He made this statement during a briefing following a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group.

"Today, I am more impressed than ever with the results of the contact group meeting on Ukraine's defense. More than 50 countries are helping Ukraine fight against Russia. At the meeting, we discussed the situation on the battlefield and received updates on the current state of affairs from the Ukrainian Minister of Defense and the Ukrainian delegation. 

Russia continues to put pressure on the Kharkiv region, and Ukraine is holding back the Russian troops,” Austin said.

He announced that Ukraine will receive an additional $100 million package of military assistance.

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