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Your Friday Briefing: Putin’s Defensive Speech

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Good morning. We’re covering Vladimir Putin’s statements on Mariupol, a flurry of strikes between Israel and Gaza and a landmark ruling on gay sex in South Korea.

Putin steps back, but claims victory President Vladimir Putin of Russia said it was “impractical” for Russian forces to attack the steel factory in Mariupol where Ukrainian forces and roughly 1,000 civilians are stuck in bunkers.

Instead, Putin ordered a complete blockade. In so doing, he claimed victory there, presenting his strategy in a meeting aired Thursday on state television.

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