Zelenskyy pushes back against Russia’s WW2 Victory Day parades

Russia is gearing up to mark its victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War later today, with a large-scale military parade to be held in Moscow’s Red Square.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Ukraine will not let Russia “own the victory over Nazism” in 1945. “We are proud of our predecessors who, together with other peoples within the framework of the anti-Hitler coalition, defeated Nazism. We will not let anyone annex this victory, appropriate it.”

Last night the world’s attention turned to Bilohorivka, a small village in Ukraine, where more than 60 people may have been killed in an apparent Russian bombing of a school used as a shelter by Ukrainians fleeing the war. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the reported attack.

Russia is gearing up to celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany, with a military parade in Moscow’s Red Square later today. Follow our live coverage of the event here.

Ukraine’s military is warning that there is a “high probability of missile strikes” amid Russia’s war on the country. The warning came Monday just ahead of Russia’s planned Victory Day parade in Moscow.

Ukraine will not let Russia “own the victory over Nazism” in 1945, Ukrainian President Zelensky said Monday, highlighting Ukraine’s own role. “We won then, we will win now,” he added.

Russian forces have pushed forward in their assault on Ukraine, seeking to capture the crucial southern port city of Mariupol.

Meanwhile, the bombing of a school used as shelter in eastern Ukraine has left more than 60 feared dead, with Russia condemned for the attack.

Japan has announced that it will phase out Russian oil imports, joining its G7 allies in moving away from Russian oil in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Russian chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said on Monday that peace talks with Ukraine had not stopped and that they were being held remotely, according to the Interfax news agency.

Moscow has accused Kyiv of stalling the talks and using reports of atrocities committed by Russian troops in Ukraine to undermine negotiations. Russia denies targeting civilians in what it calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Reuters

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