Ukraine struggles to hold eastern strongholds during US First Lady’s visit

The Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9 is an annual celebration of Nazi Germany’s defeat by the Soviet Union in World War II, but this year Moscow will also associate it with its campaign in Ukraine.

Ukrainian forces prepared to defend their final stronghold in the devastated port city of Mariupol on Sunday, desperate to deny Russia a symbolic victory on the eve of Moscow’s Victory Day celebrations.

The complex, the last focus of the Ukrainian resistance in the port city, has acquired a symbolic value.

Originally published as Ukraine struggles to hold eastern strongholds during US First Lady’s visit.

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