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On Monday, Russian will be celebrating Victory Day – one of the most important holidays in the country, which serves as a reminder of the Soviet Union’s defeat of the Nazis at the end of World War II.
In traditional fashion, the Russia military will trot out the missiles, tanks, aircraft, and armaments, hoping to instill a bit of pride within their people and showing the world that they still possess some capabilities that haven’t yet been exposed by the resilience of the Ukrainian people.
There are also fears of a Russian surprise that day – something that has much of the world on high alert.
In a show of support for Ukraine amid these tense moments, two of North America’s top diplomats are paying the country a visit.
Jill Biden made an unannounced visit to western Ukraine on Sunday, holding a surprise Mother’s Day meeting with first lady Olena Zelenska to show U.S. support for the embattled nation as Russia presses its punishing war in the eastern regions.
She became the latest high-profile American to enter Ukraine during the war, while Zalenska’s public appearance was her first since since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24
“I wanted to come on Mother’s Day,” the U.S. first lady told Zelenska. “I thought it was important to show the Ukrainian people that this war has to stop and this war has been brutal and that the people of the United States stand with the people of Ukraine.”
Zelenska thanked Biden for her “courageous act” and said, “We understand what it takes for the U.S. first lady to come here during a war when military actions are taking place every day, where the air sirens are happening every day — even today.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an unannounced visit on Sunday to the Ukrainian town of Irpin, which was retaken from Russian troops in late March after fierce fighting, the town’s mayor said on Telegram.
“I’ve just had an honor to meet with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, who came to Irpin to see with his own eyes all the horror which Russian occupiers have caused to our town,” Oleksandr Markushyn said on his Telegram channel.
He posted a picture showing Trudeau standing on a street with destroyed and burned apartment buildings in the background.
US President Joe Biden has not yet visited Ukraine, and the White House has said that there are no known plans to do so that this time.
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