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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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UK Defense Ministry: Russia recruits foreigners, exploited migrant workers to avoid domestic mobilization

by The Kyiv Independent news desk September 3, 2023 9:54 AM 1 min read
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Russia is stepping up its campaign to recruit foreigners in neighboring countries and exploited migrant workers for its war against Ukraine to avoid domestic mobilization before its presidential election in 2024, the U.K. Defense Ministry wrote on Sept. 3.

According to the U.K. Defense Ministry, military recruitment advertisements have appeared online since late June with target audiences in Armenia and Kazakhstan. The advertisements offer 495,000 rubles ($5,140) in initial payments and salaries starting from 190,000 rubles ($1,973).

Russia has also been attempting to recruit ethnic Russians living in Kazakhstan's Kostanay region, the ministry added.

Additionally, Russia has been exploiting migrant workers with offers to "fast-track citizenship" if they fight in Ukraine since at least May, offering salaries of up to $4,160.

Uzbek migrant workers sent to Russian-occupied Mariupol have reportedly had their passports confiscated upon arrival and are pressured to join the Russian military and fight against Ukraine.

The U.K. Defense Ministry wrote that there are at least six million Central Asian migrants currently in Russia, "which the Kremlin likely sees as potential recruits."

The push to recruit foreigners from neighboring countries and exploit migrant workers "allows the Kremlin to acquire additional personnel for its war effort in the face of mounting casualties" and "avoid further unpopular domestic mobilization measures in the run-up to the 2024 presidential elections," the ministry added.

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