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New aid packages from the US and the UK, security agreement with Poland, and Russian massive missile strike on Ukraine: Ukraine’s weekly news digest

While Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine is in the middle of its third year, the situation is still intense, with regular updates on attacks on civilians, offensive and defensive operations, and responses from the international community.

Here is what you may have missed on the news from Ukraine from July 1 to July 9.

Photo of the week

People dismantle the rubble of the partially destroyed Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital. July 8, 2024.
Photo: Evgeniy Maloletka

Package of air defense interceptors from the US

On July 3, the U.S. Department of Defense announced an additional package of air defense interceptors for PATRIOT and NASAMS air defense systems for Ukraine. The new military aid, worth approximately $2,2 billion, will be provided within the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) and aimed at protecting civilians and critical infrastructure against Russia’s aerial attacks.

Furthermore, the Biden Administration provides another security assistance worth $150 million to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. It includes missiles for HAWK air defense systems, ammunition for HIMARS, 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds, etc.

A quarter of a million 50 calibre ammunition in the new military package from the UK

On July 7, Ukraine’s annual navy day, recently appointed UK Defence Secretary John Healey arrived in Odesa and met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. During his working visit, Mr Healey announced a new military support package for Ukraine. In particular, it includes a quarter of a million 50 calibre ammunition; 90 anti-armour Brimstone missiles; 50 small military boats; 40 de-mining vehicles; as well as other capabilities.

UK Defence Secretary John Healey during his meeting with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Photo: John Healey / Twitter

“There may have been a change in government, but the UK is united for Ukraine (…) Our commitment to stand with the Ukrainian people is absolute, as is our resolve to confront Russian aggression and pursue Putin for his war crimes. This government is steadfast in our commitment to continue supplying military assistance and will stand shoulder to shoulder with our Ukrainian friends for as long as it takes,” stated Defence Secretary John Healey.

In addition, Mr Healey ensured that the military aid promised in April will be accelerated and delivered in full to Ukraine within the next 100 days.

Agreement on Security Cooperation with Poland

On July 8, during his working visit to Warsaw, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk signed the Agreement on Security Cooperation between Ukraine and the Republic of Poland.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk.
Photo: Presidential Office of Ukraine

For the first time among the bilateral security agreements already signed, the document enables the interception of missiles and drones in Ukraine’s airspace fired in the direction of Poland. Moreover, to strengthen Ukrainian military capabilities further, the Ukrainian Legion will be established to train Ukraine’s Security and Defence Forces personnel on Polish territory. Ukrainian citizens temporarily residing in Poland and other countries can join this legion.

In addition, Poland will consider providing Ukraine with at least one additional MiG-29 squadron (a minimum of 14 fighter jets). Poland will also provide several more military assistance packages and is committed to supporting Ukraine for the ten years of the document’s validity.

Poland will facilitate the establishment of Polish defence companies’ production facilities in Ukraine and further explore additional opportunities for joint defence production.

Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital hit in Russian massive missile strike

On the morning of July 8, Russian forces launched a massive missile strike on the Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Donetsk regions. The enemy used 38 missiles of different types, targeting civilian infrastructure in different Ukrainian cities.

People dismantle the rubble of the partially destroyed hospital.
Photo: Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

In Kyiv, the Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital came under Russian missile fire: one of the hospital buildings had been hit. In total, there were two killed victims and 32 wounded on the territory of the hospital. Eight children received injuries, noted the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

As of July 9, at least 42 people were killed, including 4 children, and 190 more were wounded in different regions of Ukraine by the Russian attack, informed the National Police of Ukraine.

Stats of the week

Since February 2022, approximately 1,085 objects of cultural heritage have been damaged in Ukraine due to Russian military aggression.
Source: Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine. Date: July 5, 2024.

Over the past week [from July 1 to July 6], Russian forces used over 600 guided aerial bombs, more than 60 Shahed drones, and almost 40 missiles of various types to attack different regions of Ukraine.
Source: Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine. Date: July 6, 2024.

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukraine has already returned 736 Ukrainian children illegally deported by Russia.
Source: Dmytro Lubinets, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights. Date: July 9, 2024.

More than 14,000 Ukrainian civilians are currently held in Russian captivity.
Source: Dmytro Lubinets, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights. Date: July 9, 2024.