What Happened Today (May 9): NPR


People carry portraits of their loved ones, including World War Two soldiers, as they take part in the Immortal Regiment march in Red Square in Moscow on Monday. The event is part of Russia’s Victory Day, celebrating the Soviet Union’s defeat by Nazi Germany, which took on new significance with the invasion of Ukraine.

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People carry portraits of their loved ones, including World War Two soldiers, as they take part in the Immortal Regiment march in Red Square in Moscow on Monday. The event is part of Russia’s Victory Day, celebrating the Soviet Union’s defeat by Nazi Germany, which took on new significance with the invasion of Ukraine.

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As Monday draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here are the main developments of the day:

Russian President Vladimir Putin devoted much of his annual Victory Day address to Ukraine, but claimed no victory. Nor did he report any major military or political changes in what the Kremlin continues to call its “special military operation” in Ukraine. Putin portrayed the Russian campaign as this generation’s connection to the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany, saying it was coerced by the actions of the United States and NATO. In a video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed that Ukraine would win, saying: “Very soon there will be two Victory Days in Ukraine.” A senior US defense official said there were no major battlefield changes.

World leaders weighed in on the war in Ukraine on VE Day. G7 leaders issued a statement commemorating the end of World War II in Europe and pledging further support for Ukraine. “Freedom and security will prevail, 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. An official reopening of the U.S. Embassy is expected soon.

The UN chief and international aid organizations are among those condemning a Saturday attack on a school in Luhansk which housed 90 people, including children. UN Secretary General António Guterres said he was “appalled” by the attack. Thirty people were rescued from the rubble. The others are feared dead.

First lady Jill Biden has completed a four-day trip to Eastern Europewhich included a surprise visit to Ukraine on Sunday to meet Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska, who has been in hiding since the start of the war.

Pulitzer Prize jury honored Ukrainian journalists a special quote “for their courage, endurance and commitment to truthful reporting” since the invasion of Russia. “Despite bombings, kidnappings, occupation and even deaths in their ranks, they persisted in their efforts to provide an accurate picture of a terrible reality, bringing honor to Ukraine and to journalists around the world,” indicates the quote.

Bomb-sniffing Ukrainian Jack Russell terrier has been awarded a presidential medal. Patron the dog and his owner, Mykhailo Iliev of the Civil Defense 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 explosive devices since the start of the war, according to Reuters.

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Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States said that Ukraine would insist on EU membership.

These Ukrainian students participate virtually in an international science fair.

Previous developments

You can read more Monday news here and more daily recaps here. For context and more in-depth stories, you can find NPR’s full coverage here. Also, listen and subscribe to NPR Ukrainian state podcast for updates throughout the day.

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