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Victorious news of 385th day of war: Yanukovych's debt, downed Russian aircraft, more Leopards

15 March, 2023 Wednesday

Ukraine's Armed Forces have shot down a Russian bomber near Bakhmut, and 9 countries are ready to transfer 150 Leopard tanks to Ukraine

Ukraine’s military shoots down enemy bomber

On March 15, Ukrainian forces had shot down a Russian bomber, probably a Su-24.

It is reported that Ukrainian soldiers eliminated a Russian aircraft near the city of Bakhmut in Donetsk region. 

Rheinmetall plans to build a tank plant in Ukraine

Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger said that the company has already created a concept for a tank plant in Ukraine and submitted it to the German government.

Armin Papperger said this in an interview with Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

According to the company's CEO, the Ukrainian government needs to approve the decision to build the tank plant in Ukraine. It is noteworthy that the facilities will not be owned by Rheinmetall, but the company will lease the premises.

"Yanukovych's debt" of USD 3 billion: a British court rules in favor of Ukraine

On March 15, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled in favor of Ukraine in the case of the "Yanukovych's debt" – a USD 3 billion bond loan. 

This was announced by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“Today, Ukraine has won another decisive victory over the aggressor, this time in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in the case of the USD 3 billion bonds. The court has ruled that Ukraine's defense against Russia's threats of aggression will have a full and open hearing. Justice will be ours,” the president wrote.

Ukraine's Ministry of Finance reported that the Russian Federation tried to persuade the British court to rule in its favor through a proxy, using a shortened procedure and thus avoiding a detailed investigation. However, the Supreme Court rejected Russia's request.

“The Supreme Court determined in its decision that the strong position of the defense should be examined in a full trial. At this stage, the Supreme Court did not consider the facts of Russia's illegal war against Ukraine, as the appeal "took place before Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022," but Lord Carnwath, a judge of the Supreme Court, noted that Russia's further behavior could not be ignored,” the press service of the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.

Denmark to create USD 1 billion fund to help Ukraine

The Danish government said that this year the country will create a DKK 7 billion (USD 1.01 billion) fund for military, civilian and business assistance to Ukraine.

Danish Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said this is largely a reflection of Ukraine's wishes, which in addition to military and humanitarian aid now also include reconstruction, Reuters reports

In addition, Denmark has announced another aid package for Ukraine, which will include, among other things, ammunition, anti-tank mines, and air defense missiles: their cost will be more than USD 140 million.

Nine allies of Ukraine pledge to provide more than 150 Leopard tanks

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced this at the beginning of the online meeting in the ‘Ramstein’ format.

According to him, it is now expected that Ukraine will be able to form more than nine brigades with the help of the donated tanks.

“The coalition of countries providing Leopard tanks to Ukraine continues to grow. So far, nine countries have committed to providing more than 150 Leopard tanks,” he said.

Ukrainian marines destroy 21 Russian soldiers, and Grad MLRS in one day

Ukrainian marines continue to eliminate the invading Russian forces fighting against Ukraine. 

This was reported on the official Facebook page of the Marine Corps Command on March 15.

“Military units and subunits of the Marine Corps Command continued to perform tasks to repel the full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation. During the day, March 14, the marines killed 11 Russian soldiers,” the marines wrote.

The Russian forces' losses were also caused by artillerymen who were firing on the aggressor. Ukrainians destroyed a Grad multiple launch rocket system, a tank and 10 Russian servicemen. 

Ukrainian aviation launches 8 strikes against the Russian enemy

Over the course of the day, the Ukrainian Defense Forces' aviation launched 8 strikes on the invading Russian troops' military positions. 

The Ukrainian Armed Forces' General Staff reported this. 

Missile and artillery units struck a control center, 3 areas of concentration of enemy personnel and military equipment, as well as 2 radar stations, an electronic warfare station and an anti-aircraft missile system at a firing position.

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