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Russia steps up attacks on Ukraine’s railways, power stations

Smoke could be seen in Lviv, Ukraine, after a Russian missile attack on May 3. (Video: AP)
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Russia expanded its attack on Ukrainian infrastructure Tuesday, targeting railways and power stations far from the war’s front line, while continuing to pepper the country’s east with strikes that officials say killed more than 20 civilians, one of the area’s worst known single-day tolls in recent weeks.

In Lviv, a relatively peaceful western city, the sound of Moscow’s rockets cut through the night, destroying three electrical substations and disrupting power and water service. Elsewhere in central and western Ukraine, missiles hit six train stations, and the railway chief called the damage “severe.” Meanwhile, in the contested Donetsk province, a regional governor said Russian strikes had killed at least 21 people Tuesday, including 10 deaths at an industrial plant.

But the day also yielded positive news: The first group of evacuees from a ruined steel plant in Mariupol reached Ukrainian-controlled territory after weeks of failed efforts. More evacuations from the port city, which is under near-total Russian control, are underway, Mariupol’s mayor said Tuesday.

Here’s what else to know

  • French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he is ready to help counter a Russian blockade on Ukrainian food exports.
  • Pentagon officials said Ukraine’s commitment to training by NATO and its demonstration of leadership had given Kyiv an edge in the fight against Moscow.
  • Ukraine’s top prosecutor said authorities have found evidence of Russian war crimes in the Kyiv suburb of Irpin, including murder, torture and rape.
  • The U.S. government is now characterizing Brittney Griner’s arrest in Russia as a “wrongful detainment.”
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.