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Strike kills civilians in Vinnytsia; countries pledged $20 million for ICC

Oleksandr, a 52-year-old farmer from Vuhlehirsk, Ukraine, continued to work his field despite the threat. (Video: Reuters)

More than 20 people were killed, including three children, and at least 71 were hospitalized Thursday after Russian cruise missiles struck a crowded business center in the central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, far from the front lines, Ukrainian officials said. President Volodymyr Zelensky called the attack “an open act of terrorism” against a target with no military value.

In photos sent to The Washington Post by Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, who said they were taken at the scene, a bloodied child can be seen lying next to a severed adult foot, her legs at an unnatural angle. In another photo, charred remains, barely recognizable as human, lie splayed in the dirt.

American WNBA star Brittney Griner appeared in a Moscow court Thursday in the third hearing of her trial on drug charges, which could result in a 10-year prison sentence unless U.S. and Russian officials can agree on a prisoner swap.

Here’s what else to know

  • More than 40 countries, including the United States and those in the European Union, agreed Thursday to work together to assist investigations into alleged war crimes in Ukraine and pledged $20 million to the International Criminal Court.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called Thursday for the establishment of a special tribunal to try Russia for its war of “aggression.”
  • Some progress was reported during a meeting between Ukrainian and Russian delegations and U.N. diplomats in Turkey to break an impasse over grain shipments from Ukraine’s blockaded Black Sea ports. The talks amounted to “a critical step forward,” U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said.

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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