Russia launched 36 drones,hit transport infrastructure in Odesa Oblast

Russian troops targeted Ukraine’s south with 36 kamikaze drones overnight on Oct. 10, the Air Force reported. Air defenses shot down a total of 27 Shahed drones in Odesa, Mykolaiv, and Kherson oblasts.

The attack on Odesa Oblast lasted for three hours, with transport infrastructure hit and 23 drones destroyed, according to Governor Oleh Kiper. No casualties were reported. Kiper didn't provide further details on the struck facility and the scale of the damages. Another drone was downed over neighboring Mykolaiv Oblast, Governor Vitalii Kim said on Telegram. He didn’t report any damages or casualties.

Death toll of Hroza  village strike rises to 53

Victims of Russia's attack against a grocery store and a cafe in Hroza, Kharkiv Oblast, on Oct. 5, 2023. (Volodymyr Zelensky/Telegram)

The death toll of Russia's Oct. 5 missile strike against the village of Hroza in Kharkiv Oblast has risen to 53, Serhii Bolvinov, the head of the investigative department of the regional police, reported on Oct. 10.

"Taking into account still unidentified body parts and reports about missing persons, the final death toll may increase," Bolvinov said at a press briefing, as cited by Suspiline news outlet.

According to Bolvinov, five people remain missing after a Russian Iskander ballistic missile hit a local cafe during a memorial service for a fallen soldier being reburied in the village.

The soldier's relatives, including his widow, son, and mother, were among the 53 people killed in the attack that wiped out over half of the village's population.

Criminologists have examined 135 body fragments retrieved from the scene, and the DNA testing is still ongoing, the police official told reporters.

"From the first minute (after the strike), despite tough moral conditions, we have been collecting the remains of those killed in the village of Hroza and identifying these people. Mutilated bodies had to be collected piece by piece," Bolvinov added.

White House considers attaching Ukraine funding to Israel aid package

The White House is considering a strategy to bundle Ukraine funding with a forthcoming request for urgent aid to Israel, people familiar with the discussions told the Washington Post. This approach aims to enhance the likelihood of Congress approving assistance for Ukraine despite growing opposition from House Republicans.

No final decisions have been reached regarding the linkage of these requests, as per two senior administration officials who spoke anonymously to protect the privacy of the conversations.

One of these officials noted that such a move might have strategic merit, as it could pressure the far-right faction, which vehemently opposes increased Ukraine aid but is firmly in favor of supporting Israel.

Key figures within the Biden administration have communicated with leaders in both the House and Senate and members of influential committees, revealing that the White House intends to seek congressional approval for additional military aid to Israel.

This decision comes in response to a recent attack by Palestinian gunmen from Hamas, who infiltrated Israel and launched the deadliest assault since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. According to the Washington Post's sources, the formal request for aid may be submitted as early as the upcoming week.

Police investigate more than 50 cases of sexual violence by Russians against Ukrainians

The National Police of Ukraine is investigating 54 cases of sexual violence against Ukrainians by the Russian military. 19 Russian military personnel were served with a notice of suspicion as of 10 October.

Ivan Vyhivskyi, Head of the National Police, in an interview with Interfax Ukraine said that the procedure for putting the suspects on the international wanted list is ongoing.

Some Russian military personnel were informed of the suspicion in absentia – in September, the police handed over the fear to a Russian Guardsman who, with accomplices, committed violent acts against more than 200 Ukrainians from March to October 2022 during the occupation of Kherson.

"They [Ukrainians] were beaten, tortured, and limited in food and water. At least 24 people were subjected to sexual torture in the form of electric shocks to the genitals," the head of the National Police said.

He added that facts of sexual violence against women and children were established after the liberation of Kyiv Oblast. The youngest injured child is four years old, Vyhivskyi said.

Kremlin believes arms supplies to Ukraine will decrease due to Hamas's attack on Israel

Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for the Russian president, said that the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine would "inevitably" decrease due to the Hamas attack on Israel, as "possibilities have their limits."

He is convinced this will inevitably happen, as opportunities seem limited, and money tends to run out.

"New needs arise, emotional fatigue and justified questions about what exactly foreign taxpayers' money is spent on are increasingly on the agenda," Peskov said.