Kremlin tries to manage Victory Day parade expectations as Ukraine war continues

Russian officials do not expect to hold a major “Victory Day” event in Mariupol on May 9, according to a top Kremlin spokesman, as beleaguered Ukrainian defenders continue to stymy Russian battle plans.

“A time will come, and there will be a big celebration there,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted on Friday. “There will certainly be Russians there, and there will be many Russians on May 9, but I don’t know about any official delegation.”

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