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Good morning. It's Monday, May 2, and we're covering a surprise visit to Kyiv, the start of the NHL playoffs, and more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].



Surprise Kyiv Visit

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) led a congressional delegation this weekend to Kyiv, becoming the highest-ranking US official to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The trip appeared mostly symbolic, with Pelosi pledging continuing US support as Ukraine defends itself against a monthslong Russian invasion. A number of other House Democratic leaders joined Pelosi. 


The visit comes as Congress begins consideration of a $33B package to provide military and economic aid to Ukraine for five months. The bill faces an early hurdle amid efforts to attach COVID-19-related funding to it. 


Reports on Russia's advance in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region—which regained renewed focus after Russia failed to capture Kyiv—have been mixed. US officials said Russian efforts to encircle the region are behind schedule.


In related news, reports suggest Russian authorities have begun installing (paywall, WSJ) pro-Russian figures in city administrations in southern Ukraine.


See updates on the war here.

ISIS 'Beatle' Sentenced

An Islamic State militant was sentenced to life in prison over the weekend for his role in abducting and killing civilians in Syria between 2012 and 2015. Alexanda Kotey, 38, was part of a British-national cell known as the "the Beatles" known to have taken part in atrocities during the Syrian civil war. 


Kotey, who pleaded guilty in the fall, had been linked to the 2014 killing of aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller and journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The latter two beheadings raised significant public awareness of the brutality of ISIS after their graphic recordings were uploaded to the internet. 


Kotey was captured in 2018 and the possibility of the death penalty was taken off the table in a bid to get the United Kingdom, which has no death penalty, to transfer evidence.

Playoff Puck Drops

The NHL Playoffs begin tonight, with sixteen teams vying to raise the Stanley Cup. The action starts with the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning facing off against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 ET pm, ESPN2), along with three other games. 


The Florida Panthers enter the postseason eyeing their first title in franchise history, having finished with the best regular season record and securing home ice throughout the playoffs. The Panthers, who topped the Eastern Conference, face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals tomorrow (7:30 pm ET, ESPN2).


The Colorado Avalanche, who finished atop the Western Conference, start the playoffs as the favorite to lift the cup, followed by the Panthers and the Calgary Flames. See the full schedule here.

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