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Hague court issued arrest warrants for Russian commanders, Ukrainian intelligence destroyed Russian ship - Tuesday brief

Hague court issued arrest warrants for Russian commanders, Ukrainian intelligence destroyed Russian ship - Tuesday brief Collage by RBC-Ukraine

Yesterday, on March 5, 2024, the Russian ship Sergei Kotov was attacked by Magura V5 maritime drones, and it sustained three damages at once. And the Hague court issued arrest warrants for Russian Long-Range Aviation Commander Sergei Kobylash and Russian Black Sea Fleet Commander Viktor Sokolov.

RBC-Ukraine collected the main news for March 5.

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Ukrainian intelligence provides details of Russian ship Sergei Kotov destruction

The Russian ship Sergei Kotov was attacked by Ukrainian Magura V5 maritime drones and sustained three injuries at once. Its cost is $65 million.

"On the night of March 4-5, 2024, a special unit of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine (DIU) Group 13 attacked the patrol ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Sergei Kotov," the statement says.

The mission was conducted in cooperation with the Ukrainian Navy and with the support of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.

As a result of the strike by Ukrainian Magura V5 maritime drones, the Russian ship Project 22160 Sergei Kotov was damaged in the stern, starboard, and port sides.

"The Kotov was hit in the territorial waters of Ukraine, near the Kerch Strait. The sunken ship cost about $65 million," the DIU adds.

The Defense Intelligence of Ukraine released a conversation between the Russian occupiers after the destruction of the Russian ship Sergei Kotov. The ship had weapons and a helicopter on board.

Hague court issues arrest warrants for Russian commanders of long-range aviation and Black Sea Fleet

The Hague Court today issued arrest warrants for the Commander of the Long-Range Aviation of the Aerospace Force Sergei Kobylash and the Commander of the Black Sea Fleet Viktor Sokolov.

"Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court ... issued warrants of arrest for two individuals, Mr. Sergei Ivanovich Kobylash and Mr. Viktor Nikolayevich Sokolov, in the context of the situation in Ukraine for alleged crimes committed from at least 10 October 2022 until at least 9 March 2023," the statement says.

US imposes new sanctions against PMC Wagner and Russian Aerospace Forces

The US State Department imposed new sanctions against Russia, with the PMC Wagner being among those affected by the restrictions.

Subject to restrictions are the following:

  • PMC Wagner; and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof;
  • Pavel Shevelin (Russian individual);
  • LLC Eltekhnord and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof;
  • Rim Yo'ng-hyo'k (aka Rim Yong Hyok) (DPRK individual);
  • Russian Aerospace Forces (aka VKS); and any successor, sub-unit, or subsidiary thereof.

The US accused these individuals of violating national legislation on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, to Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

The decision to apply restrictive measures entered into force on February 27.

France confirms participation in purchase of 800,000 shells for Ukraine, Macron says

France supports the Czech initiative to purchase 800,000 artillery shells for Ukraine and will participate in it, announces President Emmanuel Macron.

"The Czech initiative is extremely useful, we support it, we'll participate in it. It consists of looking for ammunition everywhere it is available and is compatible with the equipment we've delivered," Macron notes during a meeting with Czech President Petr Pavl.

Regarding funding for the purchase of ammunition, Macron has explained that "it can be a bilateral mobilization, it can be cooperations with third parties, bilateral financing, just as it can be European financing..."

He adds that the European Peace Fund could be used for purchasing ammunition.

Poles extend border blockade with Ukraine until end of April

Polish farmers have announced that they will continue protests on the border with Ukraine until April 30.

Earlier, the Poles said that the blocking of checkpoints on the border with Ukraine would end on March 10.

According to the document, the protest is scheduled for March 10 at 2:30 p.m. and will last until 2:30 p.m. on April 30.

"The gathering will take place at the intersection of National Road 17 and Provincial Road 867 in front of the border crossing in Hrebenne. The meeting is expected to be attended by 100 people," the statement says.

According to the document, it is about protests at the Hrebenne-Rava Ruska border crossing point.

"The purpose of the public meeting is to eliminate the Green Agreement, which restricts the supply of agricultural products from outside the European Union, in particular from Ukraine," the statement says.