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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."
5:15 PM
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.
12:25 PM
Among other capabilities, the alliance will eventually pave the way for Ukraine to localize production of licensed foreign weapons on Ukrainian soil, said Andriy Yermak, head of the president's office. During his recent visit to Washington, Zelensky and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed to have their teams hammer out a roadmap for this kind of localization.
11:21 AM
The ministry reported that, as Russia was attacking Ukraine's ports on the Danube river, air alert sirens were activated in the nearby Romanian cities of Tulcea and Galati as radar systems detected an unsanctioned object heading towards the latter in Romania's airspace.

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Southern Command: Russia's proxies in occupied parts of Kherson Oblast preparing for 'elections'

by The Kyiv Independent news desk April 3, 2023 9:57 AM 2 min read
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Moscow-installed proxies in the occupied territories of Kherson Oblast are preparing to participate in the so-called local elections, which Russia plans to hold this fall, spokesperson for Ukraine's Southern Command Vladyslav Nazarov said on April 2.

According to Nazarov, three Russian parties, namely United Russia, the Communist Party (CPRF), and the Liberal Democratic party (LDPR), have registered their regional branches with legal addresses in the Ukrainian cities of Henichesk and Melitopol — the "capitals" of the occupied parts of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts.

Nazarov added that the heads of several newly created branches of the parties had been sent to the occupied cities from Russia and the occupied Crimean peninsula. "Either there were not enough local collaborators for them, or they are not trusted," he explained.

Russia declared the "annexation" of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kherson oblasts in late September, after Russia's proxies held sham referendums in the occupied parts of these regions and claimed that 87% to 99% of the participants "voted" to join Russia, depending on the region.

Russia also continued to consider Kherson part of its territory, despite the withdrawal of its troops from the city along with other areas on the west bank of the Dnipro River in November. Russian forces were pushed to the river's east bank.

In December last year, the Kremlin's spokesman Peskov acknowledged for the first time that Moscow's current territorial objective was to seize the whole territory of the four partially occupied Ukrainian oblasts, according to the Institute for the Study of War.

Russian troops captured parts of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions shortly after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February last year. Ukraine's eastern cities of Donetsk and Luhansk have been occupied by Russia since 2014.

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