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Latest Russia-Ukraine war news: Explosions rock Kyiv as battle for Kherson continues – The Washington Post

DNIPRO, Ukraine — The air-raid sirens in Anya’s Kharkiv neighborhood didn’t work. So the blasts from Russian shells came without warning. And then they got closer and louder. They didn’t stop.

She and her parents huddled together in their apartment hallway, away from all windows, and stayed put.

For four days, a relentless Russian assault hammered the eastern Ukrainian city with attacks that included the suspected use of cluster munitions in civilian areas, including Anya’s neighborhood. Finally on Monday, she planned an exit route.

Anya, an 18-year-old artist, packed clothing, her laptop and a sketch pad. She had to leave behind her ukulele and her parents, who evacuated on Wednesday. She and her girlfriend called around for a taxi for about an hour, offering the driver a bribe to take them to the train station despite the ongoing bombardment.

Anya’s destination was Dnipro, a city about 120 miles southwest of Kharkiv that has yet to see any shelling.

Volunteers in Dnipro have readied schools, cultural centers, empty dormitories and an abandoned hotel as refuges for people fleeing Kharkiv and other nearby eastern Ukrainian cities under siege.

The city is considered safe for now. But Russian soldiers have already advanced on Zaporizhia, about 50 miles south, and could head to Dnipro next.

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