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Victorious news of 818th day of war: Russian oil depot targeted, €1 billion raised for air defense for Ukraine

21 May, 2024 Tuesday
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Supernatural actor Misha Collins arrived in Kyiv and expressed his love for Ukraine, and Germany raised almost €1 billion for air defense for Ukraine

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Drone attacks oil depot in Russia's Belgorod region

On the morning of Monday, May 20, a drone attacked a Russian oil depot in the Belgorod region. As a result, a fuel tank was damaged.

The Russian edition of ASTRA reported the information.

It noted that the drone attacked the territory of the Yuttek oil depot in the town of Prokhorovka.

According to the outlet, a gasoline tank was damaged.

EU plans to start negotiations on Ukraine's accession in June

Officials in Brussels are seeking to start formal negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union next month.

Politico reported the information.

Despite the fact that last December EU leaders expressed their desire for Ukraine and Moldova to join the union, the formal legal procedure for starting membership talks was delayed due to opposition from Hungary.

Currently, diplomats from the EU and Kyiv are working intensively to persuade the Hungarian government to agree to start negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU. 

According to the five diplomats, the goal of these efforts is to start official talks as early as June 25.

Supernatural star Misha Collins arrives in Kyiv, expresses love for Ukraine

On Tuesday, May 21, Supernatural actor and United24 ambassador for Humanitarian Demining, Misha Collins, arrived in Kyiv.

He shared the news on his Instagram page.

"Arrived at Kyiv train station this morning with my assistant," he posted.

The United24 platform shared a video of his arrival on Instagram.

"I love you, Ukraine, and thank you so much for having me back. It is such an honor to be back here," Collins said in the video.

The EU has agreed to transfer to Ukraine the proceeds of frozen Russian assets

On Tuesday, May 21, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský announced that the EU countries had agreed on a plan to use the proceeds of frozen Russian assets to help Ukraine.

He wrote about this on the social network X.

"Today, within the framework of the EU, we have decided to transfer to Ukraine the funds received as a result of the freezing of the assets of the Russian Central Bank. This year alone, this amount could reach up to 3 billion euros," the statement says.

Lipavský added that 90% of the funds will be used for military support.

"Russia must pay for the damage caused by its aggressive war," the Czech minister emphasized.

Ukrainian medics receive 13 ambulances from World of Tanks developers

Wargaming, the game developer that created World of Tanks, has donated 13 resuscitation vehicles to Ukrainian medics: the funds for them were raised last year as part of the WargamingUnited charity project.

Ukraine's Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov reports.

"Last October, global game developer Wargaming launched the WargamingUnited charity project to help Ukrainian doctors. Then, through the UNITED24 platform, we managed to raise more than $1 million for ambulances - people from 115 countries joined the collection!" the statement says.

The ambulances will be delivered to the Vinnytsia, Lviv, Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Zaporizhzhia, Sumy, and Kherson regions.

Germany raises almost €1 billion to support Ukraine's air defense

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, RBC-Ukraine reports citing the press service of the German government.

"Ukraine urgently needs to strengthen its air defense to protect itself from Russian missile and drone attacks. That is why, together with Defense Minister Borys Pistorius, I have launched a global initiative to increase air defense," she said.

The minister noted that Germany plans to do more to support Ukraine's air defense.

"We have already raised almost a billion euros for additional support for the Ukrainian air defense forces and we are making every effort to achieve even more. We have overturned all the stones several times and even went as far as to supply an additional Patriot unit," she said.

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