May 9, Tuesday, 2023

1. Russia’s president marked a key wartime anniversary by claiming his country is under attack again. Vladimir Putin spoke Tuesday at an event recognizing the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. “Civilization is at a turning point. Real war is being waged against our motherland,” Putin said. Tensions are rising as Ukraine is poised to launch an attack with military support from Europe and the United States.
2. Tokyo police have arrested four teenagers, including a high-school student, in connection with a robbery at a luxury watch store in Ginza on Monday evening. Several masked assailants stormed the store. They threatened to kill the sales clerks with a knife, smashed a showcase and got away with merchandize.
3. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has stressed that his latest summit with the Japanese prime minister was fruitful, and expressed his intention to work further to improve bilateral ties.