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​Defense Express’ Weekly Review: Ukraine’s Festive Surprises, North Korea’s Ammo Woes, F-16 Delays and More

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The S-350 Vityaz SAM System / open source
The S-350 Vityaz SAM System / open source

Digest of Defense Express on the main events of the week

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Shows First-Ever Advent Calendar of Surprises for russian Forces

In the lead-up to Christmas, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has launched an exciting social media initiative, unveiling a special аdvent calendar filled with pre-holiday surprises for the enemy forces.

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The Challenger 2 MBT / Photo credit: The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Each day throughout December, the Ministry will reveal a new page of the Advent calendar, showcasing the Ukrainian military’s strength and readiness to defend their homeland.

Read more: Chronicle of the russian federation Crimes in Ukraine: February 2022 - December 2023

Russia Complains on Quality and Quantity of North Korean Artillery Shells

Despite receiving North Korean artillery ammunition, the russian military is facing issues with its accuracy and performance. This is likely due to a lack of proper firing tables and potential errors in the ammunition itself.

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The artillery shells / open source

The Ukrainian Air Force Reveals When F-16 Fighter Jets Will Appear in Ukraine

Despite earlier optimistic statements, the Ukrainian Air Force spokesman now clarifies that the F-16 fighter jets are unlikely to appear in Ukrainian skies until spring 2024. The complex transfer process requires extensive infrastructure preparation, pilot training and engineer instruction.

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The F-16 multirole fighter aircraft / Photo credit: U.S. Air Force

Ukrainian FPV Drone Destroys russian S-350 Vityaz SAM System in Record-Breaking Attack (Video)

Ukrainian fighters from the 11th Brigade of the National Guard have achieved a remarkable feat by destroying the launcher of a russian S-350 Vityaz SAM system using an FPV drone. This marks a significant victory for the Ukrainian military and demonstrates the effectiveness of their innovative tactics.

The UK Defense Intelligence: the Shootdown of the russian Su-24M Aircraft near Snake Island Underscores Several Critical Factors

Ukrainian air defenses shot down a russian Su-24M bomber near Snake Island in a victory highlighting the island’s symbolic significance and the challenges of air operations. The Su-24M’fs loss and the near impossibility of rescuing its crew underscore the effectiveness of Ukrainian air defenses, demonstrating the ongoing struggle for air dominance and the symbolic importance of Snake Island.

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Russian S-24M aircraft / open source
Read more: Chronicle of the russian federation Crimes in Ukraine (November 2023)