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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.
War in Ukraine: What you need to know
The latest: Russia claimed to have seized control of Soledar, a heavily contested salt-mining town in eastern Ukraine where fighting has raged recently, but a Ukrainian military official maintained that the battle was not yet over. The U.S. and Germany are sending tanks to Ukraine.
Russia’s Gamble: The Post examined the road to war in Ukraine, and Western efforts to unite to thwart the Kremlin’s plans, through extensive interviews with more than three dozen senior U.S., Ukrainian, European and NATO officials.
Photos: Washington Post photographers have been on the ground from the beginning of the war — here’s some of their most powerful work.