Live Updates: Costs of War Mount for Russia, and for Civilians in Ukraine

Valerie Hopkins

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LVIV, Ukraine — As her husband has become a global symbol of leadership in the face of Russia’s invasion, Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, has taken on a less public role. But on Tuesday evening, she emerged into the media spotlight, sending an open letter that she said was her “testimony” from Ukraine.

“What happened just over a week ago was impossible to believe. Our country was peaceful; our cities, towns and villages were full of life,” she wrote. But now, Russian military forces were engaged in the “mass murder of civilians.”

Since Volodymyr Zelensky’s…

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