10 things you need to know today: May 9, 2022

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1. Putin defends Ukraine invasion in Victory Day speech

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday marked Victory Day, the anniversary of the Soviet Union's defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, with a speech in Red Square defending Russia's invasion of Ukraine as necessary to protect "the homeland." He proclaimed eastern Ukraine to be Russian territory. Russia also marked Victory Day in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, though without a parade. Russia has gained control of most of Mariupol after bombing it to rubble. Ukraine's last fighters there, holed up in tunnels under a destroyed steel plant, said in an online news conference they would fight to the death after the last of the more than 300 civilians who had been sheltering there were evacuated.

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