The Slovak Defense Ministry had prepared a new assistance package for Ukraine that President Zuzana Čaputová could have signed while Fico's predecessor was still in office. However, the president declined, saying the parliamentary elections must be respected.
Sumy's mayor, Oleksandr Lysenko, was being held in custody with the possibility of posting an Hr 3,000,000 bail (about $82,000), Ukraine's High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC) announced on Facebook on Oct. 4.
Germany will not send long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine due to Chancellor Olaf Scholz's fears that the move will draw Germany into the war, Bild reported on Oct. 4, citing unnamed German and Ukrainian sources as well as Scholz's previous comments.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) categorically dismissed Russia's claim that the Olenivka prison massacre was caused by a Ukrainian HIMARS rocket, according to a report released on Oct. 4.
Ukrainian developers are looking to bring science-fiction to life with an "invisibility cloak," a lightweight overcoat able to hide soldiers from Russian thermal imagery, Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov announced on Oct. 4.
Russia will open a new military-oriented camp for youth in Yevpatoria, occupied Crimea, where young people will be indoctrinated with Russian military ideology, Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets said on Telegram on Oct. 4.
A man has been seriously injured after he came across ammunition left behind by Russian ammunition, which then exploded, Kherson Oblast Military Administration reported on Oct. 4. The 32-year-old man lost a limb, among other injuries, and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Ukraine's National Police uncovered a criminal fraud network, in which individuals allegedly sold non-existent vehicles, including to soldiers and volunteers who planned to use them on the front, the service reported on Oct. 4.
The Moldovan parliament is set to approve amendments to the election code that will ban members of the pro-Russian Shor party from participating in elections, the parliament's speaker Igor Grosu said on Oct. 4.
The investigation into the killing of EuroMaidan protesters in Kyiv in February 2014 has been completed and former President Viktor Yanukovych has been formally charged with a range of crimes including murder, the General Prosecutor's Office announced on Oct. 4.
The French Parliament approved a significant boost in defense spending for the rest of the decade on July 13, spurred by the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
The increased funding will be used for modernizing nuclear and conventional weaponry, augmenting cyber defense, increasing personnel capacities, and ramping up production both for domestic needs and for Ukraine.
President Emmanuel Macron submitted the $450 billion military budget plan for 2024-2030 to the French Parliament on April 4. This represents a 40% increase compared to the $320 billion budget for 2019-2025.
As the AP reported, the bill passed with a 244 to 37 vote in the lower house and a 313 to 17 margin in the upper house.
The Russian aggression against Ukraine prompted many European powers to reinvest in their military capabilities. In June 2022, German lawmakers backed a $112 billion military procurement fund in a sharp turn in Berlin's long-term policy.
Poland also plans to significantly expand its armed forces, aiming to build the "strongest land force in Europe" in the words of Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak.
Martin Fornusek is a news editor at the Kyiv Independent. He has previously worked as a news content editor at the media company Newsmatics and is a contributor to Euromaidan Press. He also volunteers as an editor and translator at the Czech-language version of Ukraïner. Martin studied at Masaryk University in Brno, Czechia, holding a bachelor's degree in security studies and history and a master's degree in conflict and democracy studies.
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