May 9 is Victory Day, marking Russia’s defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 at the end of World War II.
- The Kremlin staged massive shows of force to mark the day.
- The weeks leading up to May 9 could be crucial in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned of an imminent Russian offensive.
An upcoming national holiday in Russia could be a milestone in that country’s invasion of Ukraine, a war that has been harder than expected by the Kremlin.
May 9 is Victory Day, marking Russia’s defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 at the end of World War II. Ukrainian and Western officials see it as a date when Russian President Vladimir Putin could target progress in the war.