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Victorious news of 839th day of war: Russian EW system destroyed, Germany, Italy supply air defense aid to Ukraine

11 June, 2024 Tuesday

Several countries announced new military aid to Ukraine, including new air defense systems


U.S. allows weapons supply to Azov Brigade

The administration of the U.S. President Joe Biden has announced the lifting of a ban, imposed several years ago, on the supply of American weapons to the Azov Brigade, as reported by the Washington Post citing the U.S. State Department.

“After thorough review, Ukraine’s 12th Special Forces Azov Brigade passed Leahy vetting as carried out by the U.S. Department of State,” the agency said.

The Leahy Law prevents U.S. military assistance from going to foreign units credibly found to have committed major human rights violations. It is named for former senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), who wrote the legislation.

According to a statement quoted by the Washington Post, the State Department has found no evidence of such violations.

Rheinmetall and Ukroboronprom's first joint armored vehicle repair shop opens in Ukraine

This was announced by Ukraine's Minister of Strategic Industries, Oleksandr Kamyshin.

“A joint production facility of Ukroboronprom and Rheinmetall has been launched in Ukraine - a workshop for the repair and production of armored vehicles. This is the first project implemented within the partnership between Ukroboronprom and the German defense giant,” the statement said. 

According to Kamyshin, the launch of the joint workshop will allow foreign equipment to be repaired faster and, therefore, returned to the front line more quickly. In the future, the shop also plans to produce new models of armored vehicles.

The minister emphasized that this will support not only the Ukrainian Armed Forces but also the Ukrainian economy, as Ukrainian specialists will work in the workshop under the technical supervision of their German colleagues. Thus, taxes will be paid in Ukraine. 

Germany to provide Ukraine with third Patriot system, IRIS-T, Gepard, and ammunition to Ukraine

On June 11, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a new aid package for Ukraine, including the Patriot and IRIS-T air defense systems, Gepard, and ammunition.

"Relations between Germany and Ukraine have never been so close and trusting," Scholz said, highlighting that since Russia's full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022, Germany has provided military aid amounting to EUR 33 billion.

He emphasized that Ukraine's most urgent needs are ammunition, weapons, and particularly air defense.

"In the coming weeks and months, we will deliver the third Patriot system, the IRIS-T installation, Gepard, and ammunition to Ukraine," Scholz stated.

Italy announces new military aid package for Ukraine focused on air defense

On June 11, Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani revealed that Ukraine will receive a new military aid package, with a primary focus on air defense equipment. He announced it at the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin.

"I want to inform you that we have a new package of military assistance for Ukraine, primarily addressing air defense," stated the minister.

Estonia to provide Ukraine with Mistral air defense system launchers and missiles

Estonia will supply launchers and missiles of the Mistral short-range air defense missile system to Ukraine as military assistance, as reported by the press service of the country's Ministry of Defense, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"Ukraine urgently needs air defense to repel Russia's ongoing brutal attack, and it is also in Estonia's direct security interests to contribute to this together with its allies," stated Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur.

According to him, the assistance package is designed to benefit Ukraine as much as possible without compromising the combat readiness of the Estonian Defense Forces.

Rare Russian complex Borisoglebsk-2 destroyed by Ukrainian Forces

The soldiers of Ukraine's 10th separate mountain assault brigade successfully destroyed the Russian multifunctional electronic warfare complex RB-301B Borisoglebsk-2. The spokesman for the Khortytsia operational and strategic grouping of troops, Nazar Voloshyn, shared the information, Army Inform reports.

According to Voloshyn, Ukrainian defenders targeted and destroyed the complex using an FPV drone east of Pokrovsk in the Donetsk region.

The Borisoglebsk-2 is a Russian EW system primarily utilized for satellite communications suppression.

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