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Zelenskyy reshuffles Defense Council, Ukrainian military hits two ships in Black Sea - Tuesday brief

Zelenskyy reshuffles Defense Council, Ukrainian military hits two ships in Black Sea - Tuesday brief RBC-Ukraine collage

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dismissed Oleksiy Danilov as Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukraine's Armed Forces attacked two Russian ships in the Black Sea.

RBC-Ukraine has gathered the main news for March 26.

Ukrainian military attacks Konstantin Olshansky ship seized by Russians in Crimea

The ship was attacked by a Neptune missile, according to the spokesperson of the Ukrainian Navy Dmytro Pletenchuk. The damage is being clarified, but the ship is not combat-ready.

Previously, Russia stole this landing ship from Ukraine. It stood in the bay for 9 years, being dismantled for spare parts and plundered.

Ukrainian Navy confirms striking Russian ship Ivan Khurs

It was reported by the spokesperson of the Ukrainian Navy Dmytro Pletenchuk.

"As for the Ivan Khurs, we can confirm damage to the reconnaissance equipment in the assault part of the ship. That is it is not combat-ready now, it cannot perform its assigned tasks," Pletenchuk said.

White House made statement on timing of Congressional approval of aid to Ukraine

The White House wants Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson to bring the issue of aid to Ukraine to the table immediately. The aid package to Ukraine will be approved in the House of Representatives, as it has bipartisan support if it is put up for discussion.

"We encour- — we would encourage and continue to encourage the Speak- — Speaker Johnson to put that bill on the floor," said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

Russia starts direct oil supplies to North Korea in violation of UN sanctions

Russia has begun supplying oil directly to North Korea in defiance of UN sanctions, further solidifying ties between authoritarian regimes and dealing a fresh blow to international efforts to rein in Pyongyang.

At least five North Korean tankers have departed this month with oil products from the port of Vostochny in Russia's Far East, according to satellite images provided by the British analytical center Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

Ukrainian Air Force reveals why Russians increased frequency of strikes on Ukraine

The spokesperson of the Ukrainian Air Force, Illia Yevlash, says that Russian aggressors have reduced the intervals between attacks on Ukraine because they are trying to find weak spots in the Ukrainian air defense system.

"Its main goal is to destabilize the situation inside the country, to force Ukraine to take non-standard actions. Of course, we continue to monitor, detect missiles and other enemy assets and destroy them," Yevlash said.

Hungary to help Ukraine with DNA examinations of those killed in war

Hungarian law enforcement will assist Ukrainian police in conducting DNA testing to identify individuals who perished during the war. This agreement was reached during a meeting between the head of the Ukrainian National Police (UNP), Ivan Vyhovskyi, and his Hungarian counterpart, Janos Balog.

Zelenskyy reshuffles National Security and Defense Council: Danilov is dismissed

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dismissed Oleksiy Danilov from the position of Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine.

The new Secretary of the NSDC became Oleksandr Lytvynenko. Previously, he served as the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service. Oleh Ivashchenko became the new head of the Foreign Intelligence Service.

The relevant decrees were published on the president's website.

Ukraine may receive 1.5M shells through Czech initiative

"We can do much more than the initially announced number (referring to 800,000 ammunition for Ukraine - ed.)," said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechia, Jan Lipavský, noting that Ukraine can receive one and a half million shells in total.

Zelenskyy expects strengthening of strategic capabilities after reshuffle in top leadership

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expects the strengthening of Ukraine's strategic capabilities following changes in the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) and intelligence.

President Zelenskyy expects the strengthening of the state's strategic capabilities to forecast and influence processes crucial for our national security. He also anticipates the reinforcement and modernization of Ukraine across all fronts of our state system.

Poland and Ukraine to hold talks: Farmers to participate

"We are meeting in an unusual format. Because besides Ukrainian and Polish ministers of agriculture, deputy ministers, advisors, and representatives of associations of producers of various crops will be present. We want this dialogue to descend to the level of producers," said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland Czesław Siekierski.