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Victorious news of 855th day of war: Ukraine signs security agreement with EU, Russia loses 95% of personnel in one of its brigades

27 June, 2024 Thursday
21:30

In Brussels, Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a number of agreements on security guarantees for Ukraine, and Kyiv received almost €2 billion from the EU

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Ukraine signs security agreement with EU, Estonia, Lithuania

On June 27 in Brussels, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a number of agreements on security guarantees for Ukraine. He wrote about his visit to Brussels on Telegram. The president said he would meet with the leaders of the European Union and its member states and hold bilateral talks.

"We will sign three security agreements at once, one of which is with the European Union as a whole. For the first time, it will enshrine the commitment of all 27 member states to provide Ukraine with broad support despite any institutional changes inside. Every step is for the sake of bringing our historic goal of peace and prosperity in a common European home closer," Zelenskyy emphasized.

The document enshrines the commitment of all 27 member states to provide Ukraine with broad support despite any institutional changes within the country. The EU's security commitments include predictable, long-term and sustainable support for Ukraine's security and defense sector: providing weapons, organizing military exercises, assisting in demining, cooperating in defense production, etc.

Other points of the agreement include building resilience to cyber and hybrid threats, mine action, civilian security sector reform and support for law enforcement, countering the proliferation of firearms, support for energy and nuclear security, and sharing intelligence and satellite imagery.

The treaty guarantees not only support for Ukraine's defense, but also macro-financial, humanitarian, reconstruction, and reform assistance. For its part, Ukraine undertakes to carry out further reforms, strengthen transparency and accountability measures for the aid it receives, and contribute to the security of the EU and its members.

The Ukrainian president also signed a security agreement with Estonia. It states that Estonia will comprehensively support Ukraine for ten years, while the document is in force. In addition, the Estonian government will allocate at least 0.25% of GDP annually in 2024-2027 for military support to Ukraine. 

The agreement also enshrines certain components of military assistance. These are the types of weapons provided by Estonia, namely: artillery (122-mm and 155-mm howitzers), anti-tank missile systems, rockets and mines, Carl Gustaf rifles, grenade launchers, unmanned systems and electronic warfare equipment.

Ukraine receives almost €2 billion from EU

Ukraine has received €1.9 billion in funding from the European Union under the Ukraine Facility. Ukraine will receive the next tranches under the initiative on a quarterly basis, the Finance Ministry said.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the EU has provided Ukraine with almost €35 billion in direct budgetary assistance. The Ministry of Finance says that these funds have helped maintain macroeconomic stability and also allow for the financing of priority budget needs.

"The EU is a key partner of Ukraine, which continues to play a crucial role in accelerating our victory and strengthening the country's economic resilience," said Finance Minister Serhii Marchenko.

Ukrainian drones destroy almost 800 pieces of equipment, including 50 tanks

Strike units of the Drone Army hit 778 units of Russian equipment in two weeks. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, Education, Science and Technology Development, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov.

The operators of the strike units destroyed 51 tanks, 175 guns, 73 armored combat vehicles, 18 artillery pieces, 777 strongholds, and 4 multiple launch rocket systems. The attack drones also eliminated Russia's manpower - 330 soldiers.

"Every day they destroy Russian equipment, and we publish their results every week. The "birds" shoot down enemy tanks, armored combat vehicles, artillery, ammunition depots and strongholds and reduce the Russian army's combat potential," noted Fedorov.

Russia loses entire brigade in "cannon fodder assault”

The Russian brigade lost 95% of personnel in "cannon fodder assault" in the Zaporizhzhia region. According to an agent of the Atesh guerrilla movement from the ranks of the Russian army, the 38th separate motorized rifle brigade suffered 95% of personnel losses in the Zaporizhzhia sector.

"An Atesh agent from the 38th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade of the Russian Federation reported that the situation in the Zaporizhzhia sector is extremely terrible. In the area of hostilities near the village of Myrne, Russian commanders are sending their units to conduct “cannon fodder” assaults. During one of these assaults involving the 38th separate mechanized brigade, one unit lost 95% of its personnel," the guerrillas said.

The agent also emphasized that such cases are not isolated in this section of the frontline. 

"Acts of sabotage will help to multiply the losses among the personnel," Atesh added.

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