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Victorious news of 646th day of war: Ukraine to produce air defense systems, intelligence conducts another sabotage in Buryatia

1 December, 2023 Friday

A Russian freight train was blown up in Buryatia, and Switzerland froze the Russian financial assets

Ukraine will produce air defense systems

Starting in 2024, Ukraine's Ministry of Defense, in collaboration with the Ministry of Strategic Industries, aims to significantly boost the production of missiles, ammunition, weapons, and military equipment

This information comes directly from the Ministry of Defense.

The Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Ivan Havrylyuk, highlighted a focus on producing air defense equipment. This includes portable anti-aircraft missile systems and air defense systems like Koral, with a range exceeding 100 kilometers.

Havrylyuk stated, "The approved budget for 2024 allocates around UAH 175 billion for missiles and ammunition. This aims to ensure our Defense Forces can effectively counter Russian aggression.”

Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) organized explosion of another freight train in Buryatia

On the night of November 30, another train carrying fuel exploded on the Baikal-Amur Mainline. According to media reports, this is another operation of Ukraine's Security Service (SBU)

This was reported by Ukrainska Pravda, RBC-Ukraine, NV, citing their own sources in the security forces.

According to the source, this is currently the sole significant railway route connecting Russia and China, which Russia uses, among other things, for military supplies. As a result of the explosion, the route was paralyzed.

The security forces reported that Ukraine's Security Service (known by its Ukrainian acronym SBU) was behind the explosion. There has been no official statement from the SBU yet.

"Four explosive devices went off while the freight train was moving. The FSB is now working at the scene, and the railroad workers are unsuccessfully trying to minimize the consequences of the SBU's special operation," the sources told Ukrainska Pravda anonymously.

Jamala is among the top 3 most popular singers of the Spotify EQUAL project

She wrote about this on Facebook

Ukrainian singer of Crimean Tatar origin Susana Jamaladinova, better known as Jamala, shared some good news after it was reported that Russia had put her on an international wanted list. 

Reflecting on why she was arrested in absentia by a Moscow court, Jamala said that perhaps Russians are "terrified of the influence, geography of countries and platforms" that are available to her through her music.

"Yesterday I received the news that I was named one of the three most popular global artists on Spotify EQUAL for 2023. At the same moment, I see the news that I, the singer, have been arrested," Jamala wrote.

Switzerland freezes Russian financial assets worth about USD 8.81 billion

This is reported by Reuters.

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the agency overseeing the sanctions, said the CHF 7.7 billion (USD 8.81 billion) figure was only its latest estimate and is subject to change.

By the end of the second quarter of 2024, when Swiss banks report to the government, a new number of sanctioned Russian nationals is expected to be disclosed, as well as court cases to freeze or unblock additional assets.

The increase in frozen assets is due to an increase of 300 people and 100 companies and organizations that have been added to the sanctions list over the past 12 months. It also includes estimated profits from cash deposits, bonds, shares, as well as property and cars.

Ukraine receives field hospitals, medical evacuation vehicles from the Netherlands

Ukraine's State Border Guard Service received three Role 2 modular field hospitals and six Toyota Land Cruiser medical evacuation vehicles from the Netherland

This is reported by the press service of Ukraine's State Border Guard Service.

With the support of the Dutch government, the Dutch manufacturer Hospitainer handed over the medical equipment to Ukraine's State Border Guard Service.

The mobile hospitals are designed for 36 beds, are more suitable for use in the cold season, and have expanded possibilities for accommodating medical staff and patients.

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