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4 July, 2024 Thursday
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The US announced a new military aid package for Ukraine, and military rangers destroyed a Russian infantry assembly point in Kharkiv region

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The United States has announced a package of assistance to Ukraine

This was reported by the US Department of Defense.

"Today, (July 3 - ed.) the Department of Defense (DoD) announces additional security assistance to meet Ukraine's critical security and defense needs. This includes the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) package valued at up to $150 million to provide Ukraine with key capabilities, including: additional air defense interceptors; artillery and other fires, and anti-tank weapons,” the Pentagon said.

This is the first part of the assistance package, which includes:

  1. Missiles for HAWK air defense systems;
  2. Ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
  3. 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds;
  4. 81mm mortar rounds;
  5. Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles;
  6. Javelin and AT-4 anti-armor systems;
  7. Small arms ammunition and grenades;
  8. Demolitions equipment and munitions;
  9. Tactical vehicles to tow and haul equipment;
  10. Tactical air navigation systems and aircraft support equipment; and,
  11. Spare parts, maintenance, and other field and ancillary equipment.

The second part of the aid package will include air defense interceptor missiles worth approximately $2.2 billion. These funds will be used to purchase PATRIOT and NASAMS air defense interceptors for Ukraine. Ukraine will receive them under an accelerated procedure by changing the priority of foreign deliveries to the United States.

Ukrainian military destroys Russian infantry assembly point in Kharkiv region

The brigade reported this on Facebook on July 4.

"The Russian forces were intercepted and instantly destroyed. The 71st Separate Jaeger Brigade maintains 24-hour surveillance of its area of responsibility through air reconnaissance. Initially, UAV operators spotted several Russian dugouts in the Kharkiv region.

Ukraine will be able to buy drones from Ukrainian manufacturers through Prozorro

The government has adopted a resolution that allows the state to purchase Ukrainian-made drones through the closed Prozorro functionality.

This was announced by Mykhailo Fedorov, Vice Prime Minister for Innovation, Education, Science and Technology, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.

According to him, this will promote transparency and increase the efficiency of drone procurement.

"Manufacturers will have equal access to government contracts, and thanks to competition, the state will be able to purchase drones at a better price. For manufacturers, this is an opportunity to develop more actively, create jobs and scale up production tenfold," Fedorov wrote.

Kyiv exhibits Scythian gold, Ukraine has been fighting with Russia for 10 years

This is stated on the website of the Office of the President.

The exhibition of the returned Scythian Gold at the National Museum of History of Ukraine was opened by First Lady Olena Zelenska. She reminded that Ukraine's struggle to return Crimea and its treasures began simultaneously - 10 years ago. 

"It took 10 long years of courts and brilliant work of Ukrainian and foreign lawyers, museum workers and diplomats for culture, historical justice and cooperation of free people to triumph," the First Lady said in her speech. . 

After the liberation of Crimea, the exhibition, whose artworks were created in the period from the fifth century BC to the fifth century AD and belong to the cultures of different peoples who lived on the peninsula, including Greeks, Scythians, Sarmatians, Goths, and Huns, will return to the peninsula. 

"The word 'multiculturalism' did not yet exist, but Crimea and its heritage were already like that! Today I am glad that the whole collection will become available to Ukrainians and friends of our country, because national treasures are not something that is hidden or appropriated somewhere. They are something that people can access," Olena Zelenska said.

Ukraine has allocated UAH 5.7 billion for the purchase of housing for veterans

This was reported by the Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine.

It is noted that the funds have been distributed under three budget programs of the Ministry of Veterans for 2024. As a result, almost 2,500 people will receive financial compensation for housing this year.

Funds for the purchase of housing will be provided to people with disabilities as a result of war of groups I - II who defended the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and family members of deceased defenders, and people with disabilities as a result of war of groups I - II who participated in hostilities in other countries and family members of deceased veterans.

Also, IDPs who took part in the ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation, run by Ukraine's security forces in Donetsk and Luhansk region -ed.) and are recognized as combatants or persons with war-related disabilities of group III will receive the money.

"After receiving the funds, veterans and family members of the deceased independently choose the housing they wish to purchase. Such housing can be either on the secondary market or on the primary market, provided that it is necessarily put into operation," said Oleksandr Porkhun, acting Minister of Veterans Affairs. 

No Kinzhal missiles reach Kyiv after receiving Patriot air defense

This was stated by the commander of the 96th Air Defense Missile Brigade, Colonel of the Ukrainian Air Force Serhiy Yaremenko in an interview with Ukrinform.

He noted that since then, the Russian troops have fired a total of more than 20 Kinzhal missiles at the Ukrainian capital.

"When we are working against ballistics, it does not matter to us whether it is a Kinzhal Kh-47M, Iskander-M, 48N (a missile using S-400), or Zircon launched from the Bastion missile system. For us, this is primarily a ballistic target. Only then do analysts and experts identify what kind of air target it was based on certain characteristics and wreckage. I will say one thing: all the Kinzhals that have been launched at the capital of Ukraine since it was announced that the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system was put on combat duty have been successfully intercepted," Yaremenko said.

He emphasized that not a single ballistic missile has hit the target in Kyiv since May last year.

The brigade commander also expressed the opinion that the Russian forces have stopped actively attacking the capital, as the Ukrainian Defense Forces are repelling the attacks.

Explosion in Sevastopol: smoke rises in area of Russian electronic warfare unit deployment

This was reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to Krymsky Viter on Telegram.

According to the channel, the smoke was visible in the area of the Russian electronic warfare equipment. Amid this, the Russian forces blocked the Crimean bridge.

At the same time, Russian propaganda channels claim that the explosion were allegedly related to the disposal of ammunition.

The so-called governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, explained the explosion by saying that the navy "fired one training shot".

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