Russia-Ukraine war updates: Moscow celebrates Victory Day as Ukraine reels from strike on school

Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 9 spoke from Moscow’s Red Square on Victory Day, defending his country’s military action in Ukraine. (Video: Reuters)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a speech from Moscow’s Red Square on Victory Day, cast the invasion of Ukraine as a battle against fascism and Nazism, calling the military action “necessary, timely and the only right solution.” He avoided calling for an escalation of the war but claimed, without evidence, that the military and material support of Ukraine from Western allies was part of a plan to carry out attacks on Russian-held portions of eastern Ukraine.

In Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelensky paid tribute to the 8 million Ukrainians who died in World War II, saying: “They fought for freedom for us and won. To commemorate the occasion, pro-Moscow marches were organized in Russian areas, which included Mariupol.

Fighting continued in the east and south of Ukraine, which warned its citizens to be especially careful because of a heightened risk of Russian military action. The missiles struck areas close to Odessa, and are believed to have been fired from Russian-occupied Crimea. Russia claimed that Ukrainian helicopters had been destroyed but this could not independently be verified. According to a Russian news agency, Ukrainian forces began a counteroffensive in Kherson against Russians who were occupying the region.

Here’s what else to know

  • Rescue efforts at a school in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine that was hit by a Russian airstrike Sunday have been halted after further strikes in the area, a local official said. Dozens are feared dead or buried under the rubble.
  • Russian users of smart TV systems reported that the services were hacked Monday with a message: “The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of murdered children is on your hands. Television and authorities lie. No to war.”
  • Russia has resumed attacks on Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant after 300 women, children and elderly people were evacuated from the site last week, an aide to the city’s mayor said Monday.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.

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