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Strikes on oil refineries in Russia and EU's approval of €5 bln for weapons for Ukraine - Wednesday brief

Strikes on oil refineries in Russia and EU's approval of €5 bln for weapons for Ukraine - Wednesday brief Collage by RBC-Ukraine

Ukrainian defenders attacked three oil refineries in Russia with drones. Meanwhile, EU ambassadors agreed on 5 billion euros for weapons for our Ukraine.

RBC-Ukraine has gathered the main news for March 13.

Ukrainian drones attacked three refineries in Russia at night

Last night, Ukraine attacked three oil refineries with drones simultaneously.

Oil refineries were attacked in Ryazan, Kstovo, Nizhny Novgorod region, and Kirishi, Leningrad region.

According to the source, these attacks continue a series of special operations against enemy oil refineries previously initiated by the Security Service of Ukraine.

"We are systematically implementing a meticulously calculated strategy to reduce Russia's economic potential. Our task is to deprive the enemy of resources and reduce the flow of oil money and fuel that Russia directs directly to the war, to the killings of our citizens," the source said.

Judging from the video on social media, the consequences of the attack were quite significant. Moreover, the refineries attacked today are among Russia's top 5 largest plants.

Additionally, according to the source, the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), along with other representatives of the Armed Forces, attacked the Russian Aerospace Forces base in Buturlinovka and the military airfield in Voronezh with drones.

EU ambassadors approve €5 billion for weapons purchase for Ukraine

European Union ambassadors today, March 13, approved an increase in military aid to Ukraine by 5 billion euros, announces Radio Free Europe correspondent Ricard Jozwiak, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell.

Borrell wrote that EU ambassadors have agreed to increase the fund for supplying arms to Ukraine by 5 billion euros.

"The message is clear: we will support Ukraine with whatever it takes to prevail," he wrote.

Now Ukraine eagerly awaits the final decision at the next meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council.

Russian A-50 aircraft damaged during strike on Taganrog, source

A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft was damaged during the attack on the Taganrog Aviation Plant on March 9, according to RBC-Ukraine's source in the Ukrainian special services.

According to the source, during the attack on the aviation plant, one of the enemy's A-50 aircraft was damaged. However, the severity of the damage is currently being clarified.

Putin reacts for first time to raid of Russian volunteer military on Russian territory

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, in an interview with the Russian 1 and RIA News television channels, commented for the first time on the events in the Belgorod and Kursk regions and the breakthrough by Russian volunteers.

The dictator claims that the primary goal of the raid supposedly lies in "if the presidential elections in Russia are not disrupted, then at least somehow hinder the normal process of citizens' expression of will."

Putin also fantasized about supposedly "getting a trump card" for exchanging territories in possible negotiations.

Putin accuses Ukraine of events in the territory of the Belgorod and Kursk regions and does not mention that the border was breached by volunteers from volunteer battalions.

'Stop drawing red lines': Nauseda supports sending Western troops to Ukraine

Western countries need to discuss the idea of ​​sending troops to Ukraine and stop drawing red lines on the issue of assistance, states Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda.

"I welcomed the idea of sending missions to Ukrainian territory as an idea, and I still believe that we should discuss this idea. Of course, the best thing would be for all of us to agree unanimously on the need for this and to assess very well the intelligence and other information that we have," says Nauseda.

According to him, the fear of a possible reaction from the Kremlin cannot be the determining factor in European decision-making.

Russian attack on Myrnohrad: Police showcases consequences

Law enforcement officers showed the consequences of the Russian occupiers' attack on the city of Myrnohrad, Donetsk region. The attack killed two people, according to the Ukrainian National Police.

On the night of March 13, Russians launched an air strike on houses in Myrnohrad. The Russian occupiers hit the city with a Grom-E1 missile bomb. Four apartment buildings and nine civilian cars were damaged.

As a result of the attack, five people were injured: three men aged 19, 26, 44, and two women aged 46 and 77.

In addition, the bodies of two people - a 68-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman - were unblocked from the rubble of the building.

Putin's early elections hold in occupied territories - Security Service reveals process

So-called elections of the Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin in temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine are being held prematurely. Often, occupiers use door-to-door visits to control the "voting," but not only that, stated in the material by RBC-Ukraine, "Elections at gunpoint: How Russians force Ukrainians in occupied territories to vote for Putin."

According to the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), during the preparation and conduct of the "presidential elections" in Russia scheduled for March 15-17, occupiers significantly intensified the administrative police and counterintelligence regime. This was done primarily to control the population and influence the voting results under the guise of security measures.

At the same time, in the occupied parts of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, Russians held so-called elections through door-to-door visits and the establishment of mobile polling stations on the streets. Also, since February 24, pseudo-voting has been taking place in some military units on the contact line and in the occupied Crimea.

Thus, occupiers organize controlled voting for the civilian population in temporarily occupied territories (TOT) and servicemen.