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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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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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"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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IAEA: No mines observed near Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant’s cooling pond

by The Kyiv Independent news desk and Olesya Boyko June 22, 2023 6:38 PM 2 min read
View of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which is under Russian occupation, from the right bank of the Dnipro River. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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The International Atomic Energy Agency said on June 21 it is aware of the recent reports of mines having been placed near the cooling pond of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, but no such mines were observed during Director General Rafael Grossi’s visit.

The IAEA said it is aware of the previous placement of mines outside the plant perimeter and at particular places inside. “Our assessment of those particular placements was that while the presence of any explosive device is not in line with safety standards, the main safety functions of the facility would not be significantly affected. We are following the issue with great attention,” Grossi said.

According to Grossi, the nuclear safety and security situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is extremely fragile.

“We will intensify our efforts to help ensure nuclear safety and security, while also providing assistance to the affected region in other ways,” he said.

The Zaporizhzhia plant, which is the largest nuclear plant in Europe, has been occupied by Russia since March 2022. During regular Russian attacks on the country's energy infrastructure, the plant was fully disconnected from the Ukrainian power grid several times.

Russian troops have also used it as a military base from which to launch attacks at Ukrainian-controlled territory across the Dnipro River.

In June this year, the plant's stability was put at risk by the draining of the Kakhovka reservoir, which the plant used as a water source, especially for the ponds that cool the reactors. The situation prompted a monitoring mission by Grossi.

On June 20, Ukraine’s military intelligence warned of a threat of an explosion or an accident at the plant claiming that the Russian forces have additionally mined the plant’s cooling pond.

On June 22, Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia was considering a terrorist attack at the occupied Zaporizhzhia plant through radiation leakage.

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