Russia held its annual Victory Day celebration yesterday, with events including a massive military parade helmed by President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s Red Square. More than 65,000 people were estimated to have taken part, with an estimated 2,400 pieces of military equipment being put on display. See photos from the day here.
The occasion marks the anniversary of the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. In his remarks, Putin framed the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a battle to protect Russian interests, as well as a fight against neo-Nazism in the neighboring country. Read more about the history and background of those claims.
In Poland, Russian ambassador Sergey Andreev was attacked with red paint
(w/video) as protestors blocked him from laying a wreath at a Soviet soldiers’ cemetery in Warsaw.
Russian missile attacks yesterday reached as far west as the strategic port city of Odesa, Ukraine’s third-largest city and the most significant Black Sea port still controlled by Ukraine. See updates here.