Russia celebrates the end of World War II as Putin justifies starting a war in Ukraine

Published May 9, 2022 at 8:31 AM EDT
Anton Novoderezhkin
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a flower-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after a Victory Day military parade today in central Moscow.

Orange and black ribbons are draped across Russia to celebrate Victory Day, which marks the end of World War II. Russian President Vladimir Putin used the opportunity to justify the invasion of Ukraine in a speech from Moscow's Red Square, repeating a series of false claims.

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