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Victorious news on 737th day of war: destroyed Russian equipment near Synkivka, explosions in Crimea

1 March, 2024 Friday

Ukrainian military intelligence targeted a Russian Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile system in the Belgorod region, explosions were heard in Crimea, and the Netherlands signed a security agreement with Ukraine

France ordered 100 drones for Ukraine

This was announced by the Minister of the French Armed Forces, Sebastien Lecornu.

According to him, in total, France will order another 2,000 drones for the needs of its army and Ukraine.

"Thanks to an innovative programme, France is ordering 100 drones from Delair, which will be delivered this summer. In total, 2,000 drones will be ordered from our defense industry. For the needs of our troops and the needs of Ukraine," the minister wrote in X.

Ukrainian forces transform Synkivka into graveyard for Russian equipment

The head of the Kupyansk Town Military Administration, Andriy Besedin, said that Russian tactics in the Kupyansk direction have not changed

He shared the information on Espreso TV.

"The distance from Kupyansk to Synkivka is 7 kilometers, but over the past six months the Russians have not been able to advance. Our guys and girls have already made a cemetery of enemy equipment and manpower. The Russian tactics are basically the same - these are meat assaults in which they expend their forces with little regard for their lives," emphasized Besedin.

According to the head of the Kupyansk City Military Administration, Ukrainian commanders are using tactical maneuvers in the Kupyansk direction.

"Speaking of Tabaivka and Synkivka, the Russians have some local successes there, but these local successes are not because we are withdrawing, but because our commanders are thinking about our boys and girls, about our Armed Forces. That is, they use tactical maneuvers," noted Besedin.

Russian media claim attempted UAV attack on defense plant in Nizhny Novgorod region

On Friday, March 1, Russian media reported an attempted attack by three drones on a defense plant in Nizhny Novgorod region of Russia

The drones allegedly tried to attack the Sverdlov defense plant in Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod region. According to reports, Russian electronic warfare intercepted 3 drones that were allegedly heading to the plant.

Russian media note that the Sverdlov Defense Plant is one of Russia's largest producers of explosives and key components for warheads for air defense missile systems. 

The head of Dzerzhinsk said that three drones were allegedly shot down over the city at night: "There are no casualties or damage, the plants are operating as usual."

Later, the governor of Kursk region, Roman Starovoit, said that three border villages were left without power as a result of the UAV attack.

"As a result of the drone hit from the Ukrainian side, there is no electricity in Sverdlikovo, Daryino and Nikolaevo-Daryino in the Sudzhansky district," he said.

Citing the Defense Ministry, the propaganda outlet RIA Novosti reports that Russian air defense destroyed four drones in total.

"Air defense systems destroyed a Ukrainian UAV over the territory of the Belgorod region and three UAVs were intercepted over the territory of the Nizhny Novgorod region," the statement said.

Ukraine went through the winter with domestic gas production only

This was announced by the Chairman of the Board of Naftogaz of Ukraine, Oleksiy Chernyshov.

"It's the first day of spring. This means that we have gone through the winter entirely on Ukrainian gas! A historic event," he wrote.

"No one would have believed it 10 years ago. 2 years ago, when the full-scale war started, it was also hard to believe. But we did it, and we plan to maintain the trend of Ukraine's energy independence in the future," Chernyshov added.

Ukraine's military intelligence attacks Russian Pantsir-S1 air defense system in Belgorod region

Ukrainian Defense Intelligence destroyed a Russian Pantsir-S1 missile and gun system in the Belgorod region of the Russian Federation. As a result, there are wounded Russian servicemen

The Intelligence Service of Ukraine reports.

It is noted that this happened on February 29 near the village of Golovchino, Grayvoronsky district, Belgorod region.

"After the hit, the Pantsir was disabled, and its crew suffered sanitary losses - two Russian occupiers were wounded," the statement said.

"Pantsir-S1 is designed to cover military and military-industrial facilities. The cost of one is about $15 million,” the report added.

Ukrainian guerrillas record of explosions in Crimea

On Friday, 1 March, the Russian forces announced an air raid alert in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

Russian occupation authorities announced the missile threat in Crimea at around 14:30. They said they had used camouflage smoke over the Sevastopol Bay. The Crimean bridge was also blocked.

Ukrainian guerrillas recorded numerous explosions in Yevpatoria, Saki district, the centre of Sevastopol and in Hvardiyske.

Russia does not admit that there are explosions in Crimea; according to their version, air defense systems were operating over the peninsula.

Instead, the guerrillas reported a fire south of the Simferopol airport runway. At the same time, the center of Sevastopol was left without electricity and there were problems with the Internet.

The Atesh resistance movement recorded ambulances arriving in Yevpatoriya and Sevastopol.

Ukrainian aviation strikes at 13 Russian concentration areas

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, during the day, the aviation of the Ukrainian defense forces struck 13 areas of concentration of Russian personnel. Missile units targeted an area with military equipment, 2 artillery pieces, 3 control points, and 3 ammunition depots of the enemy.

Ukraine, Netherlands sign security agreement

On March 1, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte signed an agreement on security cooperation. This is reported by the press service of the President’s Office.

The document was signed in Ukraine eastern city of Kharkiv as part of the G7 Joint Declaration on Support for Ukraine adopted at the NATO Summit in Vilnius. It provides for €2 billion in military aid to Ukraine this year, as well as further defense assistance from the Netherlands over the next ten years.

"The document contains a powerful military section that envisages providing Ukraine with modern military equipment and support for the defense industry. Priority is given to air defense, artillery, armored vehicles, support for maritime and long-range capabilities, and in particular, the Air Force," the President's Office informed.

Non-military support for Ukraine includes:

  • assistance in the economic recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine;
  • support in countering hybrid threats;
  • cooperation in the field of intelligence, cyber and information security;
  • cooperation in the fight against organized crime;
  • cooperation in the field of critical infrastructure.

"In addition, the document has expanded section on sanctions, compensation for damages and bringing the aggressor state to justice, as well as on the Netherlands' support for Ukraine's cultural heritage," the press service said.

The document also refers to support for Ukraine on its path to the EU and NATO.

"A mechanism for 24-hour emergency response in the event of repeated military aggression against Ukraine has been defined," the statement says.

During his visit to Kharkiv, where the agreement was scheduled to be signed, Rutte was briefed on the situation at the front and the critical needs of the Ukrainian Defense Forces. 

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