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For days now, Ukraine has rebuffed Russian deadlines to surrender in the southern battleground, as the Kremlin launches a new attack in the east and trades threats and diplomatic slights with the West. Zelensky said troops are defending wounded soldiers and about 1,000 civilians sheltered inside the Azovstal plant.
Plans for humanitarian evacuations from the city fell apart Wednesday, according to Russian and Ukrainian officials, who blamed each other. New videos showed civilians dead in the streets. Russian leaders accused Kyiv of withholding “the only correct order” for its outnumbered troops — “to stop pointless resistance and lay down arms” — while Ukrainians called for talks to resume evacuations.
War in Ukraine: What you need to know
The latest: Russia claimed to have seized control of Soledar, a heavily contested salt-mining town in eastern Ukraine where fighting has raged recently, but a Ukrainian military official maintained that the battle was not yet over. The U.S. and Germany are sending tanks to Ukraine.
Russia’s Gamble: The Post examined the road to war in Ukraine, and Western efforts to unite to thwart the Kremlin’s plans, through extensive interviews with more than three dozen senior U.S., Ukrainian, European and NATO officials.
Photos: Washington Post photographers have been on the ground from the beginning of the war — here’s some of their most powerful work.