Russia invades Ukraine: Russia says it used a hypersonic missile to hit a munitions warehouse in Ukraine

Published March 19, 2022 at 9:29 AM EDT
Evacuees from Mariupol are seen at a shopping center on the outskirts of the city of Zaporizhzhia, which is now a registration center for displaced people, on Wednesday.
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Evacuees from Mariupol crowd a shopping center on the outskirts of the city of Zaporizhzhia, which is now a registration center for displaced people, on Wednesday.

Ukrainian officials confirm that a Russian strike hit a munitions warehouse in western Ukraine. Russia's defense ministry says it used a hypersonic missile in the attack. If confirmed, it would be the first time such a weapon was used in the conflict. In southern Ukraine, 9,000 people have escaped the besieged city of Mariupol, but tens of thousands remain trapped, and Russian forces are stopping much-needed humanitarian aid, Ukraine's president says.

Here's more context to understand the impact of the invasion:

  • The United Nations says nearly a quarter of Ukraine's population is now displaced by the war.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin's warnings to anti-war Russians have evoked memories of the purges under Stalin.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zalenskyy joins a list of world leaders who helped change U.S. foreign policy, NPR's Ron Elving writes.

Follow the latest developments.