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US Vice President Participation at Peace Summit and more SAMP/T air defense system from Italy - Monday brief

US Vice President Participation at Peace Summit and more SAMP/T air defense system from Italy - Monday brief Collage by RBC-Ukraine

Italy will provide Ukraine with its second SAMP/T battery, which is capable of shooting down ballistic missiles. At the Peace Summit, which Ukraine is organizing on June 15-16, Vice President Kamala Harris will represent the United States.

Read more about what happened on Monday, June 3.

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Italian Foreign Minister confirms plans to transfer SAMP/T air defense system to Ukraine

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajani, stated that Italy will provide Ukraine with a second SAMP/T battery capable of shooting down ballistic missiles.

"It is known that we will send SAMP/T, which is an instrument of air defense, therefore of protection, that Ukraine itself asked us for," the minister noted.

Thus, he confirmed rumors about the transfer of the battery, which Western media outlets, citing their own sources, spread today, June 3.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not disclose further details about transferring the SAMP/T air defense system to Ukraine.

Not Biden: White House reveals who will represent US at Peace Summit

At the Peace Summit organized by Ukraine on June 15-16, the United States will be represented by Vice President Kamala Harris, according to the White House.

"Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Lucerne, Switzerland on June 15 to participate in the Summit on Peace in Ukraine," White House spokesperson Kirsten Allen quoted.

Allen clarified that Harris, on behalf of the US administration, will support Kyiv's efforts to ensure a fair and robust peace grounded in Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and the principles of the UN Charter.

Netherlands allows Ukraine to strike Russian territory with its F-16s

Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren assures that Ukraine can use 24 F-16 fighter jets that the Netherlands will provide to strike targets in Russia.

According to her, the Netherlands will not impose restrictions as Belgium did. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo warned Kyiv against flying F-16 fighters that it will receive from his country in Russian airspace.

"There is not a Belgian-style restriction. We are applying the same principle that we have applied to every other delivery of capabilities, which is once we hand it over to Ukraine, it's theirs to use," Ollongren said.

Ukraine works with allies to expand use of their weapons for strikes on Russia - Foreign Minister

The Allies made the right decision by allowing Ukraine to use its weapons on Russian territory. But Kyiv will continue to work on expanding such use, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says during a joint press conference with his Estonian counterpart Margus Tsahkna.

"I can confirm that our partners have made a very correct step by lifting the restrictions so that we can hit targets in Russia. This does not mean that we have carte blanche, some rules must be followed. We will continue to work with our allies to expand the use of their weapons," Kuleba says.

Polish farmers announce Ukraine border blockade

After a long break, Polish farmers have once again announced a blockade of cargo at the Rava-Ruska-Hrebenne checkpoint on the Ukrainian border.

The Poles plan to start the blockade at 10:00 a.m. on June 4, Kyiv time, until the afternoon of June 6.

This is expected to result in a possible complete stop to truck traffic leaving Ukraine.