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This Week in Ukraine - Ending April 26th

by Tony Nastas (Reporting from Ukraine)

April 29th 2024

April 23, 2024

  • Chemical Warfare Allegations: Reports indicate that Russian forces are using chemical weapons to advance in Ocheretyne, resulting in a challenging situation.

  • US Military Support: Reuters reports that the US is finalizing a $1 billion military aid package intended for Ukraine.

  • Greek Military Assistance: Media sources reveal that Greece is considering providing Ukraine with at least one Patriot missile system, potentially two.

  • Service Suspension for Military-Age Men: Ukraine has temporarily halted consular and passport services for military-age men residing abroad.

April 24, 2024

  • Missile Attacks on Infrastructure: The governor reports that over 20 Russian missiles have targeted the Dnipro Hydroelectric Power Plant throughout 2024.

  • Security Arrest in Ukraine: The SBU has detained an individual suspected of coordinating Russian attacks against a Ukrainian special forces base.

  • New Aid Package Approved: President Biden has signed legislation providing $61 billion in aid to Ukraine.

  • Pentagon's Commitment: The Pentagon is prepared to deliver $1 billion worth of weapons to Kyiv.

  • Covert U.S. Military Support: The State Department has confirmed that the U.S. began secretly supplying long-range ATACMS to Ukraine as early as March.

  • Drone Strike Impact: Sources report that an SBU drone attack has obliterated 26,000 cubic meters of Russian fuel storage in Smolensk Oblast.

  • Children's Plight in Occupied Areas: The ombudsman reports that children in occupied areas of Ukraine are being coerced into manufacturing trench candles.

April 25, 2024

  • Increased Danish Support: Denmark has pledged an additional $633 million in military aid to Ukraine.

  • Covert U.S. Arms Delivery: According to the New York Times, the U.S. covertly delivered over 100 ATACMS missiles to Ukraine last week.

  • Suspicious Maritime Activity: Reuters reports that satellite images have captured a ship, likely involved in transferring North Korean arms to Russia, docked at a Chinese port.

  • EU's Targeted Sanctions: The next set of EU sanctions against Russia aims to focus on the shadow fleet and vessels involved in transporting North Korean military equipment, as per Reuters.

  • Russian Military Production: The German defense minister has stated that Russia is now producing a surplus of military equipment.

  • Increase in Russian Drones: Media sources indicate that the number of Russian drones operating on the front lines has doubled over the past three months.

April 26, 2024

  • Additional U.S. Military Aid: The U.S. plans to allocate an extra $6 billion in military support to Ukraine.

  • Helicopter Downed: A report states that Ukraine has destroyed a Russian Ka-32 helicopter at a Moscow airfield.

  • Recovery of Fallen Soldiers: Ukraine has recovered the bodies of 140 soldiers who fell in combat.

  • Spanish Missile Support: El Pais reports that Spain will supply Patriot missiles to Ukraine.

  • OSCE Report on Russian Tactics: The U.S. envoy to the OSCE has reported that Russian 'double-tap' attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 90 first responders since April 2022.

Prayer Request: Please, pray for Ukraine and this awful war to stop.

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