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Missile strike on Poltava and drone attack on Russian military facilities - Monday brief

Missile strike on Poltava and drone attack on Russian military facilities - Monday brief Collage by RBC-Ukraine

Yesterday, June 17, 2024, the occupiers launched a missile attack on Poltava. A number of regions in Russia came under drone attack, and military facilities were damaged.

RBC-Ukraine has collected the main news for June 17.

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Shelling of Poltava: Number of injured increased, police revealed footage of destruction

Russian invaders attacked Poltava and hit civilian infrastructure. There are casualties as a result of the attack.

Earlier, the Ukrainian Air Force reported a high-speed target flying through the Sumy region in the direction of the Poltava region.

Later, the head of the Poltava Regional Military Administration, Filip Pronin, said that 22 people were injured in the attack.

Ukrainian intelligence attacks military facilities in 3 Russian regions

On the night of June 17, Ukrainian drones attacked military facilities in three regions of the Russian Federation. These were in Belgorod, Voronezh, and Lipetsk, according to a source in the Ukrainian special services.

According to the source, kamikaze drones of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine were used during the operation.

The source says that the attack targeted the Novolipetsk Metallurgical Plant and a local tractor plant. The aggressor country uses these enterprises for military purposes. Explosions were heard in the area of these facilities, and locals reported air defense operations.

Ukrainian Air Force provides update on F-16 training progress

In general, there are three stages of training for Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighters. In addition, engineers and mechanics are also trained, says Illia Yevlash, spokesperson for the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The training process is continuous and consists of three stages:

  • ground training;
  • training on light aircraft;
  • training on F-16s.

In particular, engineers and mechanics who will provide maintenance of these aircraft are undergoing training.

"We are expecting the final stages of training to be completed by our pilots, who have already completed the required number of hours," he adds.

Zelenskyy announces Ukraine's new steps after Peace Summit and reveals details

Ukraine is preparing new steps after the first Peace Summit held on June 15-16 in Switzerland, according to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The President said that he had held a meeting following the Peace Summit. According to him, there was unprecedented unity of leaders at the summit, which was a success for Ukraine.

"But peace is always the path. New steps are needed," Zelenskyy said.

He clarified that Ukraine was preparing to engage other countries to join the final communiqué of the Peace Summit. Groups are also preparing to work on the points of the peace formula.

Zelenskyy said that there is already a preliminary work schedule for the summer months, and communication with partners is planned to be maintained at the same level.

France intends to quadruple mortar shell production

French industrial company Thales plans to quadruple its mortar shell production by 2026.

The company reported that production rates at the factory in La Ferté-Saint-Aubin will be significantly increased - from 20,000 munitions per year in 2023 to more than 80,000 shells per year by 2026.