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Victorious news of 863rd day of war: guerrillas blow up railroad track in Russia, Ukraine gets another Patriot air defense system

5 July, 2024 Friday

Ukraine hit Russia's Oskol Electrometallurgical Plant, and Kyiv received over 2,300 tons of energy equipment from partners following renewed Russian attacks


Ukraine hits Russia's Oskol Electrometallurgical Plant: intelligence clarifies outcome

As a result of the July 1 attack by Ukrainian drones, Russia's only full-cycle steel plant, the Oskol Electrometallurgical Plant, was hit.

Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, said this during the United News telethon.

According to him, the shutdown of the Oskol Ugarov Electrometallurgical Plant in Russia's Belgorod region will have significant consequences, "so this is good news for all those who oppose Russian aggression.”

Yusov emphasized that the company's main customers are the military, and the plant specializes in the production of vehicles, military equipment, and anything that uses metal.

"This is the only full-cycle steelmaking enterprise in Russia. It has been shut down. And let's just say that in the coming months, it will be problematic to resume full operations there. This means complications and disruption of defense orders and supply chains," said the intelligence representative.

Guerrillas blow up railroad track carrying North Korean ammunition to Russia 

Guerrillas have blown up a railroad track on the Trans-Siberian Railway near Yekaterinburg, thus preventing the delivery of North Korean ammunition to Russia.

This was reported by the Atesh guerrilla movement.

"The Atesh agents managed to conduct a successful operation on the Trans-Siberian Railway near Yekaterinburg. As a result, they blew up a railroad track that was used to deliver North Korean ammunition," the statement said.

The guerrillas add that information about this incident was leaked on local forums, and journalists were barred from accessing the scene. The repair team was authorized to begin restoration work only after receiving orders from the regional FSB office.

Germany provides third Patriot air defense system to Ukraine

On Friday, July 5, German Ambassador to Ukraine Martin Jaeger said that Kyiv had already received the third Patriot anti-aircraft missile system from Berlin.

He wrote about it on X.

"The third Patriot air defense system from Germany has already arrived in Ukraine. It will enhance the protection of the country's population and infrastructure from aircraft, drones and missiles," the statement said.

The diplomat also added that the Ukrainian crew of the system has successfully completed relevant training in Germany in recent months.

Latvia to supply over 2,500 drones to Ukraine in July

In July, Latvia will supply Ukraine with over 2,500 drones valued at approximately EUR 4 million as part of the drone coalition.

This was announced by the Latvian Ministry of Defense on Friday, July 5.

Combat drones of various types and purposes, worth about EUR 4 million, were manufactured by seven Latvian companies.

"The first shipment of this batch - 300 drones - will arrive in the next few days," the statement said.

As noted, the Latvian Ministry of Defense has allocated EUR 20 million for 2024 for activities within the drone coalition, of which more than EUR 10 million is for the purchase of UAVs from its own defense industry. FPV drones will be a priority for this year's procurement.

In April and May, the country has already supplied 135 combat drones for various purposes and electronic warfare equipment worth about EUR 1 million to Ukraine.

Ukraine receives over 2,300 tons of energy equipment from partners following renewed Russian attacks

International partners have provided Ukraine with more than 2.3 thousand tons of energy equipment following the resumption of Russian attacks on the energy sector.

The Ministry of Energy stated on July 5.

It is noted that Ukraine received 184 cargoes of humanitarian aid, totaling 2,335.8 tons of energy equipment, after the renewed Russian attacks.

This aid was provided by Austria, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Poland, Finland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates.

The partners provided transformers, solar panels, generators, electric motors, gas pipes, cables, and other essential repair equipment. The Ministry of Energy adds that about 1,900 tons of this equipment have already been distributed to 57 energy companies affected by Russian attacks.

Ukraine publishes map of 10 record-breaking strikes on Russia

Deep strikes into Russia have been systematically conducted for over six months using Ukrainian weaponry. This demonstrates that deploying Western-made weapons will not cross any additional "red lines".

The Centre for Strategic Communications StratCom Ukraine stated this information. StratCom released a map detailing 10 significant strikes on Russia during the first half of 2024.

"By gradually enhancing the capabilities of the Ukrainian military-industrial complex, the Ukrainian Defense Forces are consistently extending the range and effectiveness of their strikes," the statement noted.

StratCom underscores that authorization to use Western weapon systems will bolster Ukraine's defense capabilities and hasten the conclusion of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

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