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Pentagon chief's visit to Kyiv and new U.S. aid package for Ukraine: Monday brief

Pentagon chief's visit to Kyiv and new U.S. aid package for Ukraine: Monday brief Photo: Collage by RBC-Ukraine

Yesterday, on November 20, 2023, the chief of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, visited Kyiv, and the United States announced a new package of military assistance for Ukraine.

RBC-Ukraine has compiled the main news for November 20.

Russia-Ukraine war: Frontline update

In the past month, Russia lost 3,500 soldiers on the left bank of the Dnipro. Details were disclosed by the Estonian army.

Occupiers are transferring equipment with new markings to the Mariupol direction.

Ukrainian intelligence strikes costly Russian radar stations

Ukrainian intelligence fighters strike costly Russian radar stations positioned near the settlement of Dmitriev, Kursk Region, Russia.

As a result of the combat actions by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, two expensive Russian radar stations were damaged - the Nebo 55Zh6 radar and, probably, the Gamma-S1E.

The overall losses of the Russians are currently being specified.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visits Kyiv. Purpose revealed

Yesterday, on November 20, 2023, the Pentagon chief, Lloyd Austin, visited Kyiv. During the visit, Austin held high-level negotiations with the Ukrainian leadership. The parties discussed the partnership between the countries and military aid to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

As reported, the discussions were focused on further strengthening the strategic partnership between the U.S. and Ukraine. The negotiations also included ensuring the Ukrainian army with the necessary combat capabilities, both for the winter period and for defending the country against future Russian threats.

The Pentagon also noted that during the visit, Austin emphasized the commitment of the United States to providing Ukraine with the security assistance necessary to protect against Russian aggression and discussed the long-term vision for the future of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Austin also announced that the next meeting of the Contact Group on Defense Matters for Ukraine (in the Ramstein format) will take place on Wednesday, November 22.

The United States announces new package of military aid for Ukraine

The United States has provided Ukraine with a new package of military aid worth $100 million.

"The U.S. has pledged a further $100m in defense assistance to Ukraine, which is set to include air defense interceptors and anti-tank weapons," the statement says.

It is emphasized that more detailed information has not been received, but this announcement coincided with the day when the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, visited Kyiv.

Zelenskyy on the war in Ukraine: 'It's not a movie, and it won't end as quickly as we'd like'

The war in Ukraine will not end as quickly as we would like because it's not a movie; it's "daily hard work" that involves the lives of Ukrainians and soldiers, and it takes time.

"For some reason, people treat this (the war, - ed.) like a movie, and expect that there will be no long pauses in the events, that the picture before their eyes will always change, there will be some surprises every day," said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

However, according to the President, for Ukrainians and Ukrainian soldiers, the war is "not a movie, it's our life, it's daily hard work." And to bring it to an end, time is needed.

"Everything will end not as quickly as we would like, but we have no right to give up and we will not do it," Zelenskyy emphasized.

Ukrainian Eurovision winner Jamala on the wanted list in Russia

The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has put Ukrainian singer and Eurovision winner Jamala on the wanted list. According to Russian media reports, she is accused of spreading fakes about the Russian military.

World meets new Argentinan President, 'controversial' Javier Milei

This weekend presidential election took place in Argentina. The victory was secured by rather controversial politician Javier Milei, though it was unexpected. Milei received approximately 56% of the votes (over 13.78 million).

Javier Milei is known for his radical statements. Among other things, he declared the wish to abolish the central bank, and give up the national currency peso and replace it with the dollar.

ChatGPT might shut down: Employees threaten to quit

514 out of 700 OpenAI employees of ChatGPT threatened to quit. In their statement, they demanded the reinstatement of Altman as CEO and called for the board members' resignation. Otherwise, the workers threaten to quit and join Microsoft, assuring each of them a position there.

The scandal began on November 18, 2023, when OpenAI's board of directors dismissed Sam Altman from the position of CEO.