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At least 30 people were killed and 88 wounded by a Russian missile strike on a convoy of civilian cars in Zaporizhzhia Oblast on Sept. 30, according to police.

“Only absolute terrorists can do this,” Zelensky said.

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⚡️ Defense Ministry: Ukraine liberates Drobysheve, Donetsk Oblast.

Ukraine’s 81st Airborne Brigade liberated the village of Drobysheve on Sept. 30, according to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. “The future of the world is no longer decided in the Kremlin,” the statement read.
 
⚡️ CNN: Biden calls Nord Stream pipeline leaks ‘deliberate act of sabotage.’

U.S. President Joe Biden accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of “pumping out disinformation and lies” regarding the damage to Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines.
Replying to @KyivIndependent
While he did not specifically blame Russia, Biden said at “the appropriate moment when things calm down, we’re gonna send the divers down to find out exactly what happened.”
 
⚡️ CNN: Biden calls Nord Stream pipeline leaks ‘deliberate act of sabotage.’

U.S. President Joe Biden accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of “pumping out disinformation and lies” regarding the damage to Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines.
 
⚡️ Lithuania to buy kamikaze drones for Ukraine.

Lithuania’s Defense Ministry signed an agreement with Poland’s largest private defense company WB Group to purchase 37 kamikaze drones and a launcher for Ukraine. They will reportedly reach Ukraine in October or November.
 
⚡️ US announces new economic sanctions against Russia.

In response to Russia’s sham “referendums” and illegal annexation of four Ukrainian oblasts, the U.S. is imposing new restrictions on hundreds of top Russian officials and their families.
Replying to @KyivIndependent
Sanctions will also target companies created outside of Russia in an attempt to help Russian military suppliers evade sanctions.
 
⚡️ US announces new economic sanctions against Russia.

In response to Russia’s sham “referendums” and illegal annexation of four Ukrainian oblasts, the U.S. is imposing new restrictions on hundreds of top Russian officials and their families.
 
⚡️ Death toll rises to 30 in Russia’s attack on Zaporizhzhia.

National Police Chief Ihor Klymenko said an 11-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy are among those killed in Russia’s attack earlier on Sept. 30. Klymenko said 88 people were injured, including a three-year-old girl.
Replying to @KyivIndependent
Russian troops launched a missile attack on a line of civilian cars on the way out of the regional center, according to Zaporizhzhia Oblast Governor Oleksandr Starukh.
 
⚡️ Death toll rises to 30 in Russia’s attack on Zaporizhzhia.

National Police Chief Ihor Klymenko said an 11-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy are among those killed in Russia’s attack earlier on Sept. 30. Klymenko said 88 people were injured, including a three-year-old girl.
 
⚡️ CNN: G7 foreign ministers to impose economic costs on Russia for annexation of Ukrainian oblasts.

The joint statement said new economic costs will be imposed on those who provide “political or economic support” to Russia’s recent actions, reports CNN.
Replying to @KyivIndependent
The G7 foreign ministers of the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the U.K., Japan, and the EU High Representative said they will “never recognize these purported annexations, nor the sham ‘referenda’ conducted at gunpoint."
 
⚡️ CNN: G7 foreign ministers to impose economic costs on Russia for annexation of Ukrainian oblasts.

The joint statement said new economic costs will be imposed on those who provide “political or economic support” to Russia’s recent actions, reports CNN.
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sept. 30 declared the illegal annexation of swathes of Ukrainian lands it occupies in the east and the south, signaling a major escalation.

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Ukraine war latest: Russian strike kills 25 as Moscow declares biggest land grab in Europe since World War II
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⚡️ UK, Canada impose sanctions on Russia following its sham ‘referendums,’ annexation attempt.

Canada has imposed sanctions on Russian proxies in Ukraine’s occupied territories and 43 Russian oligarchs and their families.
Replying to @KyivIndependent
In response to Russia’s illegal annexation attempt of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts, the U.K. will ban the export of almost 700 goods “crucial to Russia’s industrial and technology capabilities,” as well as bar access to key western services.
 
⚡️ UK, Canada impose sanctions on Russia following its sham ‘referendums,’ annexation attempt.

Canada has imposed sanctions on Russian proxies in Ukraine’s occupied territories and 43 Russian oligarchs and their families.
 
⚡️ EU says ‘stricter assessment’ required for Russians wanting tourist visas.

The European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson said on Sept. 30 that EU member states should be careful in assessing visa applications amid the escalating security threat by Russia.
Replying to @KyivIndependent
“Member states need to do a very thorough security assessment and, if a person could be a security threat or be a threat towards the international relations for some of the member states, this person should not be issued a visa,” Johansson said, as quoted by Reuters.
 
⚡️ EU says ‘stricter assessment’ required for Russians wanting tourist visas.

The European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson said on Sept. 30 that EU member states should be careful in assessing visa applications amid the escalating security threat by Russia.
 
⚡️ Kuleba: ‘Nothing changes for Ukraine’ following Russia’s illegal annexations.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine will “continue liberating our land and our people, restoring our territorial integrity” despite Russia’s condemned actions.
Replying to @KyivIndependent
Kuleba noted that, in trying to annex Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson oblasts, “Putin tries to grab territories he doesn’t even physically control on the ground.”
 
⚡️ Kuleba: ‘Nothing changes for Ukraine’ following Russia’s illegal annexations.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine will “continue liberating our land and our people, restoring our territorial integrity” despite Russia’s condemned actions.
 
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized that "NATO is not part of the conflict."

He didn't address President Volodymyr Zelensky's statement several hours prior in which the president said Ukraine has applied for NATO membership. kyivindependent.com/news-feed/stol…
Stoltenberg: NATO will support Ukraine for as long as it takes
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⚡️Stoltenberg: NATO will support Kyiv for as long as it takes.

NATO Secretary General said the alliance would never recognize annexation of Ukrainian territory. "If Russia stops fighting, there will be no war. If Ukraine stops fighting – Ukraine will cease to exist," he added.
 
⚡️ Update: Russian attack on Dnipro kills 3 people.

Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Governor Valentyn Reznichenko reported that a third person has been found dead under the rubble after a Russian missile attack on a transport facility earlier on Sept. 30. The attack injured five people.
 
⚡️ Biden condemns Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian oblasts.

U.S. President Joe Biden said, “Russia is violating international law, trampling on the United Nations Charter, and showing its contempt for peaceful nations everywhere.”
Replying to @KyivIndependent
Biden said Russia’s actions have “no legitimacy” and that the U.S. will “always honor Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders.” He called on the international community to “denounce these moves and to hold Russia accountable.”
 
⚡️ Biden condemns Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian oblasts.

U.S. President Joe Biden said, “Russia is violating international law, trampling on the United Nations Charter, and showing its contempt for peaceful nations everywhere.”
 
⚡️ Finland shuts border for Russian tourists.

The decision cuts off the last easily accessible route for Russians with Schengen tourist visas into Europe. Earlier this month, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Poland imposed entry restrictions for Russian citizens.
Replying to @KyivIndependent
Finland cited Russia’s full-scale war, its sham “referendums” in Ukraine, Finland's national security, and the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines as reasons for its decision.
 
⚡️ Finland shuts border for Russian tourists.

The decision cuts off the last easily accessible route for Russians with Schengen tourist visas into Europe. Earlier this month, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Poland imposed entry restrictions for Russian citizens.
 
⚡️ Von der Leyen: 'Illegal annexation proclaimed by Putin won’t change anything.’

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that “all territories illegally occupied by Russian invaders are Ukrainian land and will always be part of this sovereign nation.”
 
"De facto, we have already become a NATO ally. We trust each other, we help each other, and we protect each other. This is the Alliance," President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address on Sept. 30.

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Ukraine applies for fast-track NATO accession, Stoltenberg to speak soon
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⚡️Zelensky: Ukraine won't negotiate with Putin.

Ukraine offered Russia "to agree on coexistence on equal, honest, dignified, and fair terms," but this is impossible with "this Russian president."

"We are ready for a dialogue with Russia, but with another president of Russia."
 
⚡️Zelensky about applying for NATO membership:

"We are de facto allies already," he said. "De facto, we have already proven compatibility with Alliance standards."

"Ukraine is applying to confirm it de jure," Zelensky said, "by an expedited procedure."

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⚡️BREAKING: Ukraine officially applies for NATO membership.
 
⚡️ Update: Death toll rises to 25 in Russia's attack on Zaporizhzhia; 50 injured

Russian shelling of a line of civilian cars in Zaporizhzhia Oblast killed 25 people and wounded 50, according to Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office.
 
Oleksandr entered a hardware store when Russian soldiers suddenly came up to him and took him outside.

They were holding rifles. The soldiers asked if Oleksandr wanted to vote, and he said "no." But they took him to the nearest "polling station" anyway. kyivindependent.com/national/life-…
Life under occupation: I was forced to vote in sham referendum at gunpoint
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⚡️ Liz Truss: UK will never accept annexation of Ukrainian territories.

U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss said that Britain "will never accept the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia as anything other than Ukrainian territory," Reuters reported on Sept. 30.
 
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced that Russia is annexing Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kherson oblasts during a ceremony in the Grand Kremlin Palace on Sept. 30.

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BREAKING: Russia declares annexation of 4 Ukrainian oblasts after staged referendums
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Minsk prepares its railroads to receive new Russian military echelons and instructs its law enforcement to keep watch for Russian citizens that have fled forced conscription back home. kyivindependent.com/regional/belar…
Belarus Weekly: Minsk prepares railroads for potential incoming Russian troops, military equipment
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On Sept. 21, Putin announced what he called "partial mobilization." Russia aims to draft at least 300,000 new soldiers.

The Kyiv Independent explains why the mobilization doesn't appear to be "partial" as Putin claims, and what it could mean for Ukraine.

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Replying to @KyivIndependent
For a more in-depth look at how the mobilization can affect the fighting, read also: kyivindependent.com/national/russi…
 
On Sept. 21, Putin announced what he called "partial mobilization." Russia aims to draft at least 300,000 new soldiers.

The Kyiv Independent explains why the mobilization doesn't appear to be "partial" as Putin claims, and what it could mean for Ukraine.

youtube.com/watch?v=Xsp3q1…
 
⚡️ NYT: Pentagon to set up new command to arm, train Ukrainian soldiers.

The U.S. Defense Department plans to establish a new command based in Germany that will coordinate the equipment and training of Ukraine's military, the New York Times reported, citing U.S. officials.
Replying to @KyivIndependent
"The proposal would streamline a training and assistance system that was created on the fly after the Russian invasion in February," wrote the NYT.
 
⚡️ NYT: Pentagon to set up new command to arm, train Ukrainian soldiers.

The U.S. Defense Department plans to establish a new command based in Germany that will coordinate the equipment and training of Ukraine's military, the New York Times reported, citing U.S. officials.
 
⚡️ Russian media: Moscow-installed proxy dies after explosion in Kherson Oblast.

Russian proxy responsible for security in occupied Kherson Oblast Aleksei Katerinichev has died after a missile attack on his house, Russian state-controlled news agency TASS reported on Sept. 30.
Replying to @KyivIndependent
Russia blames Ukraine's Armed Forces for the strike. Kyiv has not yet commented.
 
⚡️ Russian media: Moscow-installed proxy dies after explosion in Kherson Oblast.

Russian proxy responsible for security in occupied Kherson Oblast Aleksei Katerinichev has died after a missile attack on his house, Russian state-controlled news agency TASS reported on Sept. 30.
 
⚡️ Diia business support center restored in Bucha, Kyiv Oblast.

The Diia.Business center will assist Bucha residents in business recovery, relocation, and arrangement of export activities, according to the Digital Tranformation Ministry. pic.twitter.com/poYHLVKsHf
Replying to @KyivIndependent
The center in Bucha was working online after the building had been captured and damaged by the Russian military at the beginning of Russia's full-scale war.
 
⚡️ Diia business support center restored in Bucha, Kyiv Oblast.

The Diia.Business center will assist Bucha residents in business recovery, relocation, and arrangement of export activities, according to the Digital Tranformation Ministry.
 
⚡️ ISW: Ukraine's Armed Forces likely 'enveloped Russian grouping in Lyman.'

Ukrainian forces have likely completed the encirclement of Lyman, Donetsk Oblast, and they'll be able to liberate the settlement if the Russians don't receive immediate reinforcement, the ISW reported.
 
⚡️ Russia's attacks kill 8 in Donetsk Oblast, injures 7 in Kharkiv Oblast.

In the past 24 hours, Russian forces have killed eight civilians and injured 17 in Donetsk Oblast, not including Mariupol and Volnovakha, according to Pavlo Kyrylenko, the oblast governor.
Replying to @KyivIndependent
Russian troops have also shelled Kharkiv Oblast, wounding seven people, and targeted a residential area in the city of Dnipro.
 
⚡️ Russia's attacks kill 8 in Donetsk Oblast, injures 7 in Kharkiv Oblast.

In the past 24 hours, Russian forces have killed eight civilians and injured 17 in Donetsk Oblast, not including Mariupol and Volnovakha, according to Pavlo Kyrylenko, the oblast governor.
 
⚡️ Russia kills 23 civilians, injures 28 in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

On the morning of Sept. 30, Russian troops launched a missile attack on a line of civilian cars on the way out of the regional center, according to Zaporizhzhia Oblast Governor Oleksandr Starukh. pic.twitter.com/6t2UPVM0N6
Replying to @KyivIndependent
“People stood in line to enter the temporarily occupied territory, to pick up their relatives, to bring aid,” said Starukh.
 
⚡️ Russia kills 23 civilians, injures 28 in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

On the morning of Sept. 30, Russian troops launched a missile attack on a line of civilian cars on the way out of the regional center, according to Zaporizhzhia Oblast Governor Oleksandr Starukh.
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These are the indicative estimates of Russia's combat losses as of Sept. 30, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
 
In reply to @KyivIndependent
"The deployment of mobilized men to centers of hostilities on the Kharkiv or Kherson front lines may suggest that Putin is directly working with axis commanders on the ground," the ISW says.
Replying to @KyivIndependent
The experts added that those commanders are likely clamoring for reinforcements, rather than following standard military practices which are also required by Russian law such as providing training to the mobilized prior to their deployment to the front lines.
 
 
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