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Although a stopgap funding bill to prevent a U.S. government shutdown was passed on Sept. 30 without any provisions for aid for Ukraine, President's Office Head Andriy Yermak said on Oct 1 that it should not be construed as a change in U.S. support for Ukraine.
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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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Following a passage of a bill to avoid a government shutdown, top U.S. Senate leaders issued a rare bipartisan statement affirming their commitment to Ukraine. They expect the Senate will work "to ensure the U.S. government continues to provide critical and sustained security and economic support for Ukraine."
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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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General Staff: Ukraine advances in Bakhmut, Melitopol directions

by Martin Fornusek August 24, 2023 11:01 AM 1 min read
Ukrainian soldiers fire an SPG recoilless gun during military training in Donetsk Oblast on Aug. 17, 2023. (Photo credit: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Ukrainian forces conducted successful offensive operations in the directions of Melitopol and Bakhmut, the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces reported on Aug. 24.

Moving along the Melitopol axis in the south, the troops made advances in the direction of Novoprokopivka and entrenched themselves at captured positions, the General Staff's spokesperson Andrii Kovalov said.

The village of Novoprokopivka in Zaporizhzhia Oblast lies south of Robotyne where heavy fighting has been recently reported. According to Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar, Ukrainian troops hold at least part of Robotyne.

On the eastern front, Ukrainian forces reportedly took new ground south of the occupied city of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast. On Aug. 21, Maliar said that Kyiv's troops liberated three square kilometers while advancing along Bakhmut's southern flank over the past week.

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According to the latest report by the General Staff, Russian forces attempted unsuccessful advances in the directions of Avdiivka, Marinka, and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk Oblast, suffering heavy losses.

Ukrainian forces also continue to repel Russian attacks around Kupiansk, Lyman, and Bakhmut, as well as in the Novoyehorivka and Vesely districts in the east, the report said.

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