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This Happened

This Happened — June 26: JFK "I'm A Berliner" Speech

President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech on this day in 1963.

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Where did President Kennedy deliver his speech?

President Kennedy gave his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in West Berlin, at the Rathaus Schöneberg (Schöneberg City Hall) in front of a crowd of thousands.

What was the purpose of President Kennedy's speech in Berlin?

The purpose of President Kennedy's speech was to express solidarity and support for the people of West Berlin, who were living in the shadow of the Berlin Wall and facing the threat of communism during the Cold War. The speech aimed to reinforce the United States' commitment to the defense of democratic values and the preservation of freedom.

Why did President Kennedy say "Ich bin in Berliner"?

In his speech, President Kennedy used the phrase "Ich bin ein Berliner," which translates to "I am a Berliner" in English, as a powerful symbol of unity and support. By stating his solidarity with the people of Berlin, he sought to emphasize that the United States stood with them in their struggle against the division imposed by the Berlin Wall.

How did the "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech affect the Cold War?

President Kennedy's speech played a role in strengthening the resolve of the Western powers and inspiring the people of West Berlin. It symbolized the United States' determination to support and defend democracy, even in the face of communist aggression. The speech became a lasting symbol of hope and resistance during the Cold War era.

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Report: Wagner Group Is Back Fighting In Ukraine For First Time Since Aborted Coup

After a sighting by a Ukrainian drone operator, details emerge of how the Russian mercenary group has been redeployed in the strategic Ukrainian city of Bakhmut it had helped conquer earlier this year. That was followed by the dramatic coup and departure from Ukraine led by Wagner's now late leader Yevgeny Prigozhin.

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A Ukrainian soldier earlier this month walking in front of a damaged building


Fighters affiliated with the Wagner Group have once again been spotted on the battlefield near Bakhmut in the Russian-occupied Donetsk region, according to a Ukrainian drone operator. This confirmation supports earlier reports from Russian sources regarding the resurgence of Wagner mercenaries near the strategic city in eastern Ukraine.

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“Wagner is here,” the drone operator said, adding that the Wagnerites had “quickly changed commanders and returned.”

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