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As Monday draws to a close in kyiv and Moscow, here are the key events of the day:
Russian President Vladimir Putin devoted much of his annual Victory Day address to Ukraine but did not claim any victory. Nor did he signal any major military or political changes in what the Kremlin continues to call its “special military operation” in Ukraine. Putin described the Russian campaign as this generation’s link to the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany, saying it was forced by the actions of the US and NATO. In a video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised that Ukraine would win, saying: “Very soon there will be two Victory Days in Ukraine.” A senior US defense official said there are no major changes to the battlefield.
World leaders weigh in on Ukraine war on Victory in Europe Day. G7 leaders issued a statement to mark the end of World War II in Europe and pledged more support for Ukraine. “Freedom and security will triumph, just as freedom and security triumphed over oppression, violence and dictatorship 77 years ago,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in a speech. Over the weekend, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reopened his country’s embassy in kyiv. A formal reopening of the US Embassy is expected soon.
The head of the United Nations and international aid organizations are among the condemning an attack on a Saturday school in Luhansk that housed 90 people, including children. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “shocked” by the bombing. Thirty people have been rescued from the rubble. The rest are feared dead.
First Lady Jill Biden wrapped up a four-day trip to Eastern Europewhich included a surprise visit to Ukraine on Sunday to meet Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, who has been in hiding since the war began.
The Pulitzer Prize board awarded Ukrainian journalists a special date “for his courage, resilience, and commitment to truthful reporting” since the invasion of Russia. “Despite bombings, kidnappings, occupation and even deaths in their ranks, they have persisted in their effort to provide an accurate picture of a terrible reality, honoring Ukraine and journalists around the world,” the quote reads. .
Ukraine’s bomb-sniffing Jack Russell Terrier received a presidential medal. The patron, the dog and its owner, Mykhailo Iliev of the Civil Protection Service, received a medal from Zelenskyy in recognition of their service to the country. Patron, whose name means “ammunition” in Ukrainian, is credited with detecting more than 200 unexploded ordnance since the start of the war, according to Reuters.
‘The New York Times’ can’t shake the cloud over a 90-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner.
Ukraine’s ambassador to the US says Ukraine will insist on EU membership.
These Ukrainian students compete virtually in an international science fair.
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