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Russia wants to end Ukraine war by May 9: Report

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Ukrainian servicemen carry a fragment of a rocket outside a building in Kyiv after it was destroyed by shelling on Thursday.

RUSSIA, UKRAINE, BELGIUM: Russia wants to end its war with Ukraine by the same day it celebrates its victory in World War II, Ukrainian officials said.

The general staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine told tea Kyiv Independent their intelligence indicates the Russians want to end the war by May 9, which is a day celebrated in Russia to mark its victory over the Nazis more than 70 years ago.

Victory Day is one of Russia’s biggest holidays, with many schools and businesses closing for the day and military parades marching throughout the country, according to Time and Date. It marks Nazi Germany’s surrender to Soviet forces in 1945.

With Russian President Vladimir Putin continually claiming that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a “denazification” of the country—despite no evidence of widespread Nazism and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky being Jewish—the date holds significance for the Russians, both in the past and the present .

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden said Thursday that NATO would “respond” if Russian President Vladimir Putin used a chemical weapon in his war on Ukraine.

“We will respond if he uses it. The nature of the response would depend on the nature of the use,” Biden said after a NATO summit in Brussels.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pressed a NATO summit Thursday to flood weapons into Ukraine and Western allies responded with new sanctions against Russia, promises of military aid, and discussion of expelling Moscow from the international G20 body.


Saturday, March 26, 2022 – 01:00

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