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More than 20 dead in Odessa strikes, Kyiv says

Footage from the State Emergency Services of Ukraine showed rescue workers searching for survivors in a damaged apartment building in Odessa on July 1. (Video: Reuters)
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In Ukraine’s Odessa region, Russian strikes killed at least 21 people and injured 38 at an apartment building and a recreation center, Ukrainian officials said Friday. While the Kremlin denied hitting civilians, Ukrainian officials said at least one child was killed and others wounded. Rescuers are still searching for victims under the rubble.

Video posted to Telegram on Friday, and verified by The Washington Post, shows the aftermath of the strikes. "Everything was blown apart,” a witness said in a Telegram video. War crimes prosecutors collected evidence at the scene.

A Russian prosecutor on Friday accused WNBA star Brittney Griner of transporting a “significant amount” of cannabis oil, according to Russian media reports on her trial, where she faces 10 years in prison if convicted.

Here’s what else to know

  • Ukrainian officials say the new tranche of Western materiel is already making a difference on the battlefield.
  • The United States will provide $820 million in security assistance to Ukraine, the Pentagon said Friday, focusing on weapons and equipment urgently needed for the battle in the east.
  • Russia more than doubled the rate of its missile strikes in the last two weeks, according to a Ukrainian general.
  • Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ivan Fedotov reportedly has been arrested in Russia, accused of possible evasion of service in the army, according to Fontanka, a news outlet based in St. Petersburg.
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In his nightly address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky lauded the departure of Russians from Snake Island, saying it demonstrates Ukraine’s ability to thwart its enemies.“Undoubtedly, the main word today is Zmiinyi,” he said, referring to the Ukrainian name for the Black Sea island. “There was just as much talk about Zmiinyi only on the day when the Russian ship arrived there. Then the ship left — forever, and now the island is free again.”