Ukrainian government allocates funds for 300,000 drones

Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal said on Tuesday that Ukraine’s government will spend an additional 15.5 billion hryvnia ($392 million) on drones, as drones and fighter jets become increasingly important assets for Kiev in its fight against Russia. He said he would increase it.

“With the funds allocated today, 300,000 drones will be delivered to our security forces and defense forces,” he told a Cabinet meeting in Kiev. According to Shmyhal, Ukraine had earmarked a budget of 43.3 billion hryvnia for drone purchases this year.

Ukraine has rapidly expanded its development and production of various types of drones under pressure from Russia, which launched a full-scale invasion more than two years ago. In recent weeks, attacks using these weapons in Russia’s interior have also increased.

The Russian Ministry of Defense in Moscow announced on Tuesday that three Ukrainian military combat drones were intercepted over the border areas of Belgorod and Kursk regions.

One woman was killed and another injured in a fire set by unspecified Ukrainian forces in the Russian border village of Koshino, Kursk region governor Roman Starovoit said.

The report could not be independently verified.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced that Ukraine had attacked a Russian military base in Crimea with missiles provided by the United States.

Russia’s air defense system announced that it had defeated six long-range ATACMS missiles in the past 24 hours.

Independent media reported on Monday night that three military bases were attacked and several people were injured.

Several soldiers were reportedly injured during an attack on an air defense position near Crimea’s capital Simferopol, according to independent website Astra.

Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian government-appointed governor of Crimea, said the missile attack on the village of Donske near Simferopol had been intercepted. However, he warned about unexploded ordnance debris.

Simferopol is more than 200 kilometers from the front line.

Zhankoy airport in northern Crimea, where Russian helicopter regiments and air defense units are stationed, also came under shelling again. According to media reports, five soldiers were injured there.

Four more soldiers were wounded in the attack on a military target in the Chornomorske district in the northwest of the peninsula, the Astra news agency said.

The United States announced it would supply long-range ATACMS missiles to Ukraine as part of a new weapons package agreed to by Congress in April.

Previous US missile launches had a range of 165 kilometers.

Elsewhere, Latvia plans to provide Ukraine with a further military aid package, including anti-aircraft guns and unmanned surveillance drones.

“For the sake of Ukraine, European security and world order, we must ensure that Ukraine wins the war,” Prime Minister Evika Shirysha wrote on the former Twitter account X.

Air defense and drone systems will be procured from Latvian munitions.

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