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"The EU will support the Ukrainian people for as long as it takes," Spanish acting Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gomez said. "The prolongation of the protection status offers certainty to the more than 4 million refugees who have found a safe haven in the EU."
8:21 PM
According to the prosecutors, Russia shelled the town at 12 p.m. local time using 152 mm artillery. Two men aged 47 and 54 were reportedly killed in the attack. A 60-year-old man and two women aged 45 and 61 suffered injuries as a result of the strike, the Prosecutor's Office said.
8:07 PM
Zelensky thanked Stoltenberg for a "meaningful conversation" during a press briefing following their talks. The president said that both Kyiv and NATO are doing everything they can to ensure Ukraine becomes a member of the alliance as soon as possible.
6:49 PM
Zaluzhnyi said during the talks he emphasized the importance of reinforcing Ukraine's air defense capabilities. "I thanked him for his visit and for supporting Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression," Ukraine's top general wrote on Telegram.
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A Russian attack on the village of Antonivka, a suburb of the city of Kherson, injured two women and a man, Roman Mrochko, head of the Kherson city military administration, reported on Telegram on Sept. 28.
12:04 PM
The president of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Samvel Shakhramanyan, signed a decree on Sept. 28 dissolving all official institutions of the breakaway state from Jan. 1, 2024, Karabakh authorities announced. The government of the self-declared republic will "cease to exist" as an entity from that day, the decree said.
6:29 AM
Geolocated footage published on Sept. 26 and analyzed by the Institute for the Study of War indicates that Ukrainian forces advanced near the village of Orikhovo-Vasylivka, located 11 kilometers northwest of Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast.
3:41 AM
Three Ukrainian footballers had strong performances at the League Cup quarterfinals on Sept. 27 in the U.K., bringing further attention to the country’s sports potential, Channel 24 reports.

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Russia’s war against Ukraine

US will deploy 3,000 troops to Germany, Poland, and Romania. Roughly 2,000 troops will head to the U.S. NATO allies Germany and Poland, while 1,000 will go to Romania, according to the Wall Street Journal. This is the first major U.S. movement of troops since the beginning of Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine.

IMF may aid countries hit by Russia’s military escalation. According to International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, the financial institution is ready to assist countries that may be affected by Russia’s ongoing escalation and the Western sanctions that can follow. “We still have about $700 billion in lending capacity," Georgieva said.

NATO to deploy more troops into eastern Europe if Russia escalates aggression, El Pais reported, citing the U.S. and NATO’s written responses to Russia regarding Moscow’s security demands. The U.S. has stated that it refrained from stationing "substantial” combat forces but Russia may force it to do otherwise. NATO expressed concerns about cyberattacks, widely employed by Russia against Ukraine and other countries.

US doesn’t call Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “imminent” anymore. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted that it was inappropriate for the U.S. to have used the word “imminent” to describe Russia’s potential military action against Ukraine. “We stopped using it because I think it sends a message that we weren’t intending to send, which is that we knew that (Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin had made a decision,” Psaki said at a White House press briefing on Feb 2.

French FM Le Drian: All elements are there for Russian invasion of Ukraine. Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the danger was “clear and imminent,” yet added there was no indication that Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to invade the country. He also said measures would be “massive” if Putin were to invade.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte visits Kyiv, warns of “serious consequences” if Moscow chooses to further invade Ukraine.

US, EU searching for gas in case of Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to Bloomberg, the White House has already approached gas exporters such as Qatar, Nigeria, Egypt, Libya, and companies operating in Algeria about increasing output should hostilities break out. U.S. President Joe Biden hosted Qatar’s leader, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the White House on Jan. 31, tasked to ensure “the stability of global energy supplies.” Officials from China, Japan, South Korea, and India have also been approached.

5 countries launch foundation to support Ukrainians that suffered from Russia’s war. The U.S., Canada, the U.K., Switzerland, and Sweden have launched the foundation “For Strong Ukraine” with a starting budget of $47 million, according to Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.

FM Dmytro Kuleba: Diplomacy is still on the table, as Russian invasion is “not imminent.” Speaking to foreign journalists, Kuleba emphasized that Russia is stalling negotiations, while Ukraine has been willing to continue discussions in any proposed format.

I lost my home to Putin once. Now it can happen again.” The Kyiv Independent’s journalist Anna Myroniuk writes about how the current crisis reminds her of being directly affected by the Russian invasion in 2014.

Other news

Kuleba confirms Bridget Brink's candidacy as U.S. ambassador. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba confirmed earlier reports that Brink was being nominated as the ambassador to Ukraine. The U.S. has sent her candidacy to Ukraine for approval.

Zelensky’s MP expelled from party after video shows him try to bribe police officers. Oleksandr Trukhin, a lawmaker from the President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the People party, was kicked out of the party after a journalistic investigation exposed his attempts to bribe police officers at the site of a car crash that he may have caused.


Ukraine approves draft of free trade agreement with Turkey. The agreement that could bring up to $10 billion in trade between the two countries is expected to be signed on Feb. 3, during the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ukraine.

Government to spend $35 million on infrastructure projects. According to the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development, European Investment Bank funds will be spent on supporting projects in nine oblasts across Ukraine. The money will be spent on the construction or reconstruction of essential social infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, and sports and cultural centers.

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