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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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Ukraine and Romania agree to open new border crossing

by Elsa Court and The Kyiv Independent news desk August 16, 2023 4:48 PM 2 min read
A truck en route to Romania passes a Romanian border sign at the Porubne-Siret border in Porubne, Ukraine, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. (Andrei Pungovschi/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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The Ukrainian government has approved a draft agreement with Romania to create a new border crossing in Ukraine's western Zakarpattia Oblast.

The crossing will be between the village of Bila Tserkva in western Ukraine and Sighetu Marmației in northern Romania.

The two settlements are separated by the Tysa River, which forms the border between the two countries.

In June, Ukraine and Moldova signed an agreement on the construction of a bridge across the Dniester River, which divides the two countries. The border crossing will be from Yampil in Vinnytsia Oblast to Cosauti in Moldova.

On June 6, Ukraine signed an agreement, associating Ukraine to the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program.

The agreement allows Ukraine to apply for EU funding for transport, energy, and digital services that improve connectivity with its western neighbors.

According to Adina Valean, European Commissioner for Transport, Ukraine's entry into the CEF will directly "improve its connectivity with the EU" and allow the government to apply for funding for infrastructure like border crossings.  

"This is a concrete step to further boost Solidarity Lanes and support the reconstruction of Ukraine," Valean added.

The European Commission launched the Solidarity Lanes Action Plan in May 2022 to create alternative logistics routes for Ukraine's exports via rail, road, and inland waterways, following the Russian blockade of its ports. The routes go through Ukraine's western neighbors of Romania, Poland, and Moldova.

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