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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks via video link during the opening ceremony of the 75th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on Tuesday.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks via video link during the opening ceremony of the 75th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on Tuesday.

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As Tuesday draws to a close in Kyiv and Moscow, here are the main developments for the day:

Ukraine’s last stand in Mariupol seemed to be over, The fighters holed up in the Azovstal steel mill laid down their arms after a nearly three-month Russian siege of the southern port city. Since Monday, more than 260 Ukrainian soldiers – 53 seriously injured – They were evacuated to Russian-occupied territories in eastern Ukraine. More fighters in the catacombs of the factory are waiting for a similar evacuation. Russia called it surrender. Ukraine said the fighters had completed their mission, and officials hoped they would soon return in a prisoner-of-war exchange.

Historically neutral Finland and Sweden have made their bids to join NATO, Turkey stands in opposition to plan, Which requires the unanimous support of all 30 NATO members. This week, the Turkish foreign minister is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken, and President Biden will meet with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.

The International Criminal Court sent what it called “The largest field deployment everWar Crimes Investigators to Ukraine. The team includes 42 investigators, forensic experts and support staff to collect potential evidence “in a manner that enhances its admissibility in future proceedings.” The Prosecutor of an international court based in The Hague open an investigation to possible war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine shortly after the start of the invasion on February 24.

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The Cannes Film Festival kicked off with a live video address from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. he is He gave an emotional speechHe urged filmmakers to stand up to the opposition of tyrants, recalling the Charlie Chaplin movie great dictator, that faced the Nazis. The festival has banned Russians with links to the government.

In a speech marking the anniversary of Greece’s independence, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke before the US Congress, Saying that the Ukrainian people are fighting for freedom As did the Greeks and Americans in history. “We stand by Ukraine against Putin’s aggression,” he said, vowing that Putin “will not succeed.” Mitsotakis also met with President Biden to discuss developments In Ukraine and Russia.

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