Strike on occupiers at Snake Island, Ukraine's aid HQ in Germany (LAST NIGHT'S HIGHLIGHTS)
27 April, 2022

The Operational Command "South" has reported an attack on enemy positions on Snake Island in the Black Sea, the Pentagon is setting up a German military assistance coordination center for Ukraine in the West, and the Armed Forces is being transitioned to NATO weapons and standards. Here are the key news you may have missed from the night of April 27.

Snake Island

Operational Command "South" reported that the Ukrainian military had struck enemy positions on Snake Island. A control point was hit, and the anti-aircraft missile system "Strela-10" was destroyed. The losses of the occupiers are being clarified.

According to the OC, the ship group of the Russian fleet has been reformatted "down". The total losses of the Russian occupiers on April 26 constituted 16 people, one tank and four vehicles, two of which were armored.

Aid HQ in Germany

The U.S. Department of Defense has set up a hub in the German city of Stuttgart to coordinate military assistance to Ukraine from the West, CNN reports, citing a senior U.S. defense official.

The Pentagon has appointed a military general to run the facility, who will work along with a British general. In addition to the United States, the team will include representatives from 15 other countries.

The center will also manage a network of over 40 partner countries that met in Germany on April 26 to provide assistance to Ukraine.

The Armed Forces are being transitioned to NATO weapons

Ukraine has entered a fundamentally new phase and is transitioning the Armed Forces to NATO weapons, said Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

The FM noted that Ukraine will soon see a "completely new" dynamics of many processes: sanctions, weapons and Russia's isolation. He stressed that "the Ukrainian army will have something to fight for."

Russia has limited gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria

Russia's Gazprom has told Polish gas company PGNiG that it will no longer supply gas to Poland from April 27. Bulgargaz has received a similar message — gas supplies to Bulgaria will also stop on April 27.

Prior to that, Putin decided that "unfriendly countries" would now be able to pay the Kremlin for gas only in Russian rubles, not dollars or euros.

The Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki assures that his country is already able to completely replace Russian gas. Bulgaria has stated that it is not taking steps to secure alternative gas supplies and that there is no need to limit gas consumption in the country.

Other important news:

Russian media reported the sounds of explosions at night in the city of Kursk and Belgorod Oblast. The governor of the latter said that near ​the village of Staraya Nelidovka, an ammunition depot was on fire, according to early reports. There are no civilian casualties or damage. The fire was extinguished in the morning. And in Kursk, according to the authorities, air defense worked at night, with no casualties reported either.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for Russia to be deprived of its disproportionate representation in the IAEA and for compensation from Moscow for all the damage caused to Ukraine's nuclear facilities. "If Russia has forgotten what Chornobyl is, it means that global control over Russia's nuclear facilities and nuclear technology is needed," Zelenskyy added.

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that he is doing everything possible to help the two British servicemen captured by the Russian occupiers in Ukraine. However, the ultimate decision on any exchange of prisoners will be made by Kyiv. Earlier, Viktor Medvedchuk's wife offered to swap the politician for the Britons.

The government, with the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross Mission in Ukraine and the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, will launch a new benefit program for IDPs.