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"Yesterday, Russian border guards celebrated their professional holiday. The fighters of the Russian Volunteer Corps congratulated them by successfully crossing the 'holey' state border once again," one of the Russian militia groups fighting on Ukraine's side said on May 29.
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Russian troops hit the villages of Kozatske and Zolota Balka in Ukraine's southern Kherson Oblast on May 29, the regional administration reported. A 61-year-old man was killed in his house as a result of the Kozatske shelling, according to the report.
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Russia shelled two villages in the Kupiansk district of Kharkiv Oblast on May 29, injuring at least seven people, including the elderly, children, and a pregnant woman, Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported.
2:14 PM
Moldova’s President Maia Sandu warned against the dangers of Russian propaganda and disinformation in the country and proposed the creation of a new governmental body to counter this threat. The envisioned “Patriot Center” would coordinate and implement the state's strategy on combatting disinformation, Sandu said during a press conference on May 29.
10:41 AM
According to updated information by the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces, Russia launched 40 cruise missiles and 38 attack drones in the overnight attack. Ukraine’s air defense successfully intercepted 30 Shahed kamikaze drones and 36 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles, the General Staff wrote.

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Parliament exempts drones, other equipment from VAT, customs duties

by The Kyiv Independent news desk February 6, 2023 5:47 PM 1 min read
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The Ukrainian parliament has adopted two bills abolishing VAT and customs duties on the import of drones, thermal imagers, collimators, night vision devices, and walkie-talkies, Yaroslav Zhelezniak, deputy head of the parliamentary committee on tax and customs policy, reported on Feb. 6.

"All bureaucratic restrictions on the import of these goods important for our defense have been removed. The bills were developed together with volunteer organizations," Zhelezniak wrote.

Ukraine's Armed Forces need "hundreds of thousands" of drones to defend the country against Russian invasion, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Feb. 5.

On Jan. 29, Commander of the Joint Forces of Ukraine Serhii Naev said that Ukraine would allocate Hr 20 billion ($500 million) from its defense budget to purchase drones.

The mass use of drones will make it possible to advance more quickly during offensive actions, significantly reduce Russia's combat potential, and stop the enemy from conducting its offensives, according to Naev.

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