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Russia controls most of Severodonetsk, governor says

The gutted remains of cars sit along a road in Severodonetsk amid heavy front-line fighting. (Oleksandr Ratushniak/AP)

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Ukraine, on the brink of losing the eastern region of Luhansk to Russia, is warning that its outgunned military desperately needs faster deliveries of Western arms. Fierce street fighting is continuing in the strategic city of Severodonetsk, but “most of the city is controlled by Russians,” the Luhansk governor said Saturday. An adviser to Ukraine’s government said its forces could respond with only about one artillery round for every 10 fired by Russia.

The fighting continues despite about 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers already having died during the invasion, a Ukrainian military adviser said Saturday. Ukraine recently noted that between 100 and 200 soldiers are killed each day.

On Saturday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met with Zelensky in Kyiv to discuss Ukraine’s E.U. candidacy, ahead of an expected recommendation from the commission on Ukraine’s status this month.

Here’s what else to know

  • President Biden said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “didn’t want to hear” U.S. warnings of a potential Russian attack before the invasion began, according to the Associated Press. Ukrainian officials have objected to Biden’s assertion.
  • Speaking via video at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a key annual security summit in Singapore, Zelensky said that it’s “too late” to persuade Russia to end its invasion, and that it’s up to the world to put Russia “in its place.”
  • Ukraine’s attorney general said the deaths of 24 more children have been recorded in the southern city of Mariupol, bringing the confirmed number of children killed in Ukraine since the war began to 287. The United Nations says it has confirmed the deaths of 274 children. Both totals have been acknowledged as incomplete.
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War in Ukraine: What you need to know

The latest: Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of troops in an address to the nation on Sept. 21, framing the move as an attempt to defend Russian sovereignty against a West that seeks to use Ukraine as a tool to “divide and destroy Russia.” Follow our live updates here.

The fight: A successful Ukrainian counteroffensive has forced a major Russian retreat in the northeastern Kharkiv region in recent days, as troops fled cities and villages they had occupied since the early days of the war and abandoned large amounts of military equipment.

Annexation referendums: Staged referendums, which would be illegal under international law, are set to take place from Sept. 23 to 27 in the breakaway Luhansk and Donetsk regions of eastern Ukraine, according to Russian news agencies. Another staged referendum will be held by the Moscow-appointed administration in Kherson starting Friday.

Photos: Washington Post photographers have been on the ground from the beginning of the war — here’s some of their most powerful work.

How you can help: Here are ways those in the U.S. can help support the Ukrainian people as well as what people around the world have been donating.

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