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One Year Anniversary of Russia’s Full-Scale War On Ukraine

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Today, Feb. 24, marks the one-year anniversary of Russia’s illegal and brutal invasion of Ukraine, a year that has demonstrated the unprecedented resilience and courage of the Ukrainian people to the entire world. Despite the full-scale invasion, the Ukrainian people have donated a staggering 14 billion hryvnas ($380 million) to the army via monobank, Ukraine’s largest online-only bank reports.

With countless buildings across the globe illuminated in blue and yellow, and Ukrainian flags proudly waving in solidarity, Ukraine’s fight for survival entered another phase. “On February 24, millions of us made a choice. Not a white flag, but a blue and yellow flag,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his address to the nation. “Not fleeing but facing. Facing the enemy. Resistance and struggle,” he continued. This year symbolizes Ukraine’s “invincibility,” with its people standing strong in the face of adversity, resolutely determined to defend their nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Hundreds of people gathered at the historic Lychakiv cemetery in the city of Lviv on Feb. 23, the eve of the war’s one-year anniversary, to pay tribute to fallen Ukrainian soldiers, announced the city’s mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, on social media. Blue and yellow flags billowed as projectors emitted countless rays of light into the sky. “You are the light of the world,” said Sandovyi. “Let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven,” his tribute continued, serving as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by brave soldiers.

Today, President Zelensky presented military awards to Ukrainian defenders during a ceremony in Kyiv’s Sofia Square. At a press conference held afterwards, Zelensky outlined key principles for negotiations with Russia, emphasizing the vital need for the Russian army to withdraw its troops from Ukraine and cease violence against civilians, destruction of infrastructure, bombardments of cities and villages, killing of animals and burning of forests. President Zelensky made it clear that if these conditions were met, Ukraine would be willing to negotiate an end to the war. He also stressed that Ukraine was taking concrete steps towards reaching a ceasefire, including initiating Ukraine’s “formula for peace,” which received support from 141 states at the UN General Assembly in November.

Ukraine sent destroyed Russian T-72 tanks to Berlin, Germany and the capitals of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia as symbols of Moscow’s unfulfilled ambitions in its invasion of Ukraine. According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, these tanks were part of Russia’s initial offensive into Ukraine but were destroyed near Kyiv. The T-72 in Berlin is parked in front of, and aiming its guns at, the Russian Embassy as a symbol of Ukraine’s resilience in the face of Russian aggression. After touring Europe, the tanks will eventually return to Ukraine, where they will be the only Russian tanks allowed to stand on Ukrainian soil, said the ministry.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited Kyiv today, where he met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and President Zelensky to discuss the ongoing war with Russia. In a show of solidarity, Morawiecki announced the arrival of four Leopard 2 tanks, the first batch of tanks pledged by the so-called “tank coalition” of 12 countries brought together by Poland and including Spain and Norway. “I came here today not only with a word of support, but also knowing that this barbaric aggression must be answered with force,” the Polish Prime Minister said at a press conference. “Today, as the first European country, I want to symbolically hand over to you, Volodymyr, the first four Polish Leopard 2 A4s.”

Polish journalist and activist Slawomir Sierakowski has announced plans to sponsor the construction of a mobile training center for Ukrainian soldiers. It will be funded by excess donations from a crowdfunding campaign Sierakowski organized where Poles donated 22.5 million Polish zloty ($5 million) to purchase a Turkish-made “Bayraktar” drone for Ukraine’s armed forces. “It will be a modern and mobile training center for 600 soldiers at a time, designed to be invisible to drones as it will be covered with a special material,” he explained. The center will also have an infirmary and a weapons depot and will be powered by large generators. Polish company Lubawa, which specializes in the production of hangars, will oversee the project. “The better trained Ukrainian soldiers are, the greater the likelihood of their safe return,” Sierakowski emphasized.

More than 30 global celebrities have participated in a video project organized by the Ukrainian President’s UNITED24 initiative to send messages of love, respect, and solidarity to Ukraine. Among the participants were actors Julia Roberts, Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, singer J.R., members of the Imagine Dragons band, as well as historian Timothy Snyder. “Brave Ukrainians! The entire world has been watching you with deep admiration for your courage, resolve, and determination against the criminal Russian invasion. We owe you, our peace. You are in our hearts and minds,” were some of the heartfelt messages.

Britain’s King Charles III expressed his steadfast support for Ukrainians and praised the efforts of the UK and allies in aiding Ukraine in a statement. “It has now been a year that the people of Ukraine have suffered unimaginably from an unprovoked full-scale attack on their nation. They have shown truly remarkable courage and resilience in the face of such human tragedy. Therefore, I can only hope the outpouring of solidarity from across the globe may bring not only practical aid, but also strength from the knowledge that, together, we stand united.” There was a minute of silence across the British Isles at 11 a.m. as the country paid tribute to those who lost their lives defending Ukraine.

By Daria Dzysiuk, Karina L. Tahiliani

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