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Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Putin marks Victory Day with Moscow military parade, speech

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Russian President Vladimir Putin marked Victory Day on Monday, celebrating the Soviet Union’s World War II triumph over Nazi Germany with a grand display of military might and an address from Moscow’s Red Square.

The Russian leader linked his war in Ukraine with that historic struggle in a speech that blamed the West for the conflict but contained no new escalations.

Progress in Ukraine has eluded Putin, with Russian forces devastating but far from defeating the country in a war that has ground on for more than two months. With his military failing to secure the gains Putin may have wanted in order to declare success, analysts had speculated about whether the Kremlin may use the occasion to further intensify its struggling campaign.

In Mariupol, a key port city, the final civilians were evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant where the city's last Ukrainian defenders have held out under fire and siege, frustrating Moscow's efforts at securing what would be a crucial strategic and symbolic victory. Meanwhile, at least 60 people were feared dead after an airstrike on a school where people were sheltering in an eastern Ukraine village.

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