Defiant Putin defends invasion of Ukraine as US expedites military aid

  • A smoke after shelling rises from an oil refinary near Lysychansk, eastern Ukraine, on May 9, 2022, on the 75th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

  • In this aerial view, A Ukrainian Army tank drives over an infantryman during a training exercise on May 9, 2022, near Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine. Infantry soldiers learned scenarios to survive when potentially confronted with a Russian tank closing in at close range. (John Moore/Getty Images/TNS)

KYIV, Ukraine — With international pressure mounting and his invasion of Ukraine failing to make significant advances, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a strident speech Monday at an annual military parade in Moscow, accusing the U.S. and the West of provoking the conflict and comparing it to the Soviet Union’s fight against Nazi Germany in World War II.