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Putin Delivers Defiant “Victory Day” Speech as Russia Fires Missiles Across Ukraine

HeadlineMay 09, 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lashed out against the U.S. and other Western powers over their support for Ukraine, saying that a “real war” is underway against Russia. Putin made the remarks during a brief Victory Day speech in Moscow’s Red Square commemorating the 78th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany.

President Vladimir Putin: “Today, civilization is once again at a crucial turning point. A real war has once again been unleashed against our homeland. But we have fought back against international terrorism.”

Overnight, air raid sirens sounded across two-thirds of Ukraine as Russia launched more than a dozen missile attacks on Kyiv and other cities. Ukraine’s government says at least four people were killed on Monday. The latest attacks came as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is announcing an additional $1.2 billion in military aid to Ukraine today for air defense systems and drones. 

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