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Russian invasion reaches 6 months on Ukraine’s Independence Day

Ukraine commemorated its Independence Day on Aug. 24 on the six-month anniversary of Russia’s invasion. (Video: The Washington Post)

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As Ukraine observed both its Independence Day and the six-month anniversary of Russia’s invasion on Wednesday, Moscow aimed a deadly missile strike at a train station in the country’s southeast, killing at least 22 and injuring dozens more, President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Ukrainians had been bracing for stepped up strikes this week, with Zelensky warning days earlier that Russia might be planning “something particularly cruel” for a stretch that included Ukraine’s highest national holiday. A rescue team was searching through the rubble at the rail station in the Dnipropetrovsk region, and Zelensky said the death toll could rise.

Here’s what else to know

  • A Russian rocket attack Wednesday hit the Chaplyne railway station in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and injuring 50, Zelensky told a U.N. Security Council meeting to address peace and security in Ukraine.
  • The Washington Post conducted a months-long examination of the Ukrainian military’s successful defense of Kyiv, interviewing more than 100 people. Here are five ways Ukraine fought and saved Kyiv from Russian invaders.
  • Biden announced nearly $3 billion in aid to Ukraine on Wednesday.
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A Russian rocket attack Wednesday hit the Chaplyne railway station in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and injuring 50, Zelensky told a U.N. Security Council meeting to address peace and security in Ukraine.
The Washington Post conducted a months-long examination of the Ukrainian military’s successful defense of Kyiv, interviewing more than 100 people. Here are five ways Ukraine fought and saved Kyiv from Russian invaders.
Biden announced nearly $3 billion in aid to Ukraine on Wednesday.

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