Day 398: more weapons arrive to help Ukraine prepare for counteroffensive

Russia attacks Ukraine with drones. Bulgaria to supply Ukraine with ammunition. The first of Britain’s Challenger tanks arrive in Ukraine. Zelenskyi prepares for Warsaw visit.

Russia launches drone attack on Ukraine overnight

On the night of March 27 into March 28, Russia launched Shahed drones and guided air bombs against Ukraine. Russian Su-35 fighter jets that took off from Morozovsk airbase in Rostov region dropped two guided air bombs on Kherson region, the Ukrainian Air Force said. Russian forces launched 15 Shahed-136/131 kamikaze drones, a Granat-4 surveillance drone, and two guided air bombs against Ukraine.

Ukrainian troops destroyed 14 Shahed-136/131 strike drones and a Granat-4 surveillance drone, the Ukrainian Air Force said, citing updated reports. 

Drone wreckage fell in Kyiv’s Svyatoshynskyi district, sparking a fire across a 200-square-meter area in a non-residential building. 

Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klychko said there were explosions in Obolonskyi and Svyatoshynskyi districts. A shop was set ablaze in Svyatoshynskyi district, he later added. The fire was shortly localized. An administrative building in Kyiv that was damaged in a drone strike, has collapsed. 

A drone hit a privately-owned industrial facility in Dnipro, causing a fire.

Bulgaria to supply Ukraine with ammunition. Britain’s Challenger 2 tanks arrive in Ukraine

Bulgaria will most likely sell a huge amount of ammunition to Ukraine via intermediaries, which could significantly impact the war, former defense minister Boyko Noev told bTV in an interview. The caretaker Defence Ministry will transfer old ammunition worth nearly EUR 175 million to the state military plant VMZ and, in return, will receive new ammunition, the ministry announced. The goal is to send the vast amounts of old ammunition from warehouses of the Bulgarian army to Ukraine, Noev said.

The first of Britain’s Challenger 2 main battle tanks have arrived in Ukraine. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov tweeted a video Tuesday of himself taking a Challenger 2 for a test drive, confirming the arrival of 14 tanks. “These fantastic machines will soon begin their combat missions,” he tweeted. 

Zelenskyi prepares for Warsaw visit

President Zelenskyi may soon visit Warsaw, Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski told Polish radio. Zelenskyi had talks with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda, the Ukrainian President said on Monday. “I told him about the course of fighting and the situation in certain areas on the front. We discussed Ukraine’s current defense needs and joint diplomatic efforts for the near future. We are preparing for important events,” Zelenskyi said in a Telegram post. He did not specify what he meant. 

Lithuania is fighting side by side with Ukraine. Ukraine in Flames #383

Lithuania, a small country of 2.8 million citizens, was occupied by the russian army for 50 years. Nowadays, when the russian army is trying to occupy Ukraine, Lithuania understands what it is like and that it can be next. That’s why the country is putting a lot of effort into helping Ukraine – from collecting humanitarian donations to collecting money for high-tech drones and welcoming Ukrainian refugees. Watch Ukraine in flames #383 to find out about historical and political ties between Lithuania and Ukraine and the consequences of this war for Lithuania as a country.


  • Zygimintas Pavilionis, Lithuanian MP and diplomat
  • Jonas Ohman, Head of NGO Blue/Yellow
  • Polina Soromakha, Social Media Manager at Ukrainos Centras (Vilnius)