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Dozens killed after strike on barracks; fighting hinders Mariupol rescues

Russian officials alleged on March 19 that Russia had used a Kinzhal hypersonic missile to destroy an underground arms storage facility in western Ukraine. (Video: The Washington Post)

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Ukrainian forces appeared to be losing their grip Saturday on Mariupol, with Russian forces advancing farther into parts of the besieged southern port city.

Fierce fighting for control of the strategically important city continued to hinder search-and-rescue efforts for hundreds of civilians believed to be trapped beneath the rubble of a theater after Russia bombed it Wednesday.

In the southern city of Mykolaiv, at least 40 were killed after a Russian bomb on Friday struck the barracks of a military facility, according to journalists who documented the scene after the attack. Visuals verified by The Washington Post show a building collapsing, and other images show Ukrainian forces searching the rubble for survivors — at least one person was pulled from the wreckage alive.

Here’s what to know

  • Satellite imagery collected Saturday morning shows the extent of the damage at the Mariupol Drama Theater, which was hit by a Russian airstrike Wednesday while more than a thousand people sheltered inside.
  • Four U.S. service members were killed Friday night when a Marine Corps aircraft crashed during a NATO exercise in Norway, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said on Twitter.
  • Ukraine’s top prosecutor accused Russian forces of abducting a Ukrainian journalist reporting on military operations in the country’s eastern and southern regions.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall in Russia and Ukraine, giving readers unlimited digital access to our comprehensive coverage.
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Satellite imagery collected Saturday morning shows the extent of the damage at the Mariupol Drama Theater, which was hit by a Russian airstrike Wednesday while more than a thousand people sheltered inside.
Four U.S. service members were killed Friday night when a Marine Corps aircraft crashed during a NATO exercise in Norway, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said on Twitter.
Ukraine’s top prosecutor accused Russian forces of abducting a Ukrainian journalist reporting on military operations in the country’s eastern and southern regions.
The Washington Post has lifted its paywall in Russia and Ukraine, giving readers unlimited digital access to our comprehensive coverage.

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