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Ukrainian drones successfully struck a helicopter base in Sochi and an aircraft factory in Smolensk on Oct. 1, according to reports by Russian Telegram channels and Ukrainska Pravda.
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Russian forces launched another drone attack targeting Ukraine's southern oblasts overnight on Oct. 1. Ukraine's air defense downed at least 15 drones over Odesa and Mykolaiv regions, Natalia Humeniuk, spokesperson of Ukraine's Southern Operational Command, said on air.
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U.S. President Joe Biden signed a law averting a government shutdown that was set for midnight, according to the White House. Biden said that although the bill does not include financial assistance for Ukraine, he expects Speaker Kevin McCarthy "will keep his commitment to the people of Ukraine and secure passage of the support needed to help Ukraine at this critical moment."
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At least four explosions were heard in Kharkiv, city Mayor Ihor Terekhov said via his official Telegram channel in the early hours of Oct. 1. Two explosions were also reported in the city of Snihurivka in Mykolaiv Oblast, according to regional authorities.
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"Odesa is a beautiful historic city. It should be in the headlines for its vibrant culture (and) spirit," Borrell wrote on Twitter. "Instead, it marks the news as a frequent target of Putin's war."
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According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, he and Slovak Defense Minister Martin Sklenar discussed cooperation with Slovakia regarding the Ukrainian military's needs, the situation at the front line, and de-mining.

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CNN: Former CIA director says Russia will try to take charge of Wagner

by Abbey Fenbert August 24, 2023 6:59 AM 2 min read
Former US Defense Secretary and former CIA director Leon Panetta. (Photo by Scott Varley/MediaNews Group/Torrance Daily Breeze via Getty Images)
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Former CIA director Leon Panetta said that Russia will likely attempt to take control of the Wagner private military company, CNN reported on Aug. 23.

Panetta, who is also a former U.S. Defense Secretary, shared this view in an interview with CNN after a plane reportedly carrying Wagner commander Yevgeny Prigozhin crashed in Russia, leaving no survivors.

"I think they are going to be very concerned about allowing these guys basically to continue to operate on their own," Panetta said.

Prigozhin's resistance to the Russian Defense Ministry's attempts to assert authority over  Wagner culminated in a brief insurrection in June 2023.

In the aftermath of the rebellion, Prigozhin and Wagner decamped to Belarus. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin reportedly hoped to bring Wagner forces back to Russia under new command.

On Aug. 21, Prigozhin released a video claiming to be in Africa, in an unnamed country. He pledged to make Russia "even greater on all continents."

"I would not be surprised if [Russian authorities] assert control in Africa, Asia, and wherever else they may be located," Panetta said.

He also said that Russia likely posed a threat to other Wagner fighters.

"I think those in the Wagner Group have got to worry about their own lives as well," Panetta said.

Ukraine war latest: Wagner warlord reportedly killed in plane crash 2 months after staging mutiny
Key developments on Aug. 23: * Russian media: Private jet crashes in Russia, warlord Prigozhin listed among passengers * Intelligence chief: Russia has 27 operable Tu-22M3 bombers left following recent strikes * Media: Russian military pilot defects to Ukraine * Zelensky meets Hungarian preside…
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