On the anniversary of the beginning of the war in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a speech in which he emphasized the importance of ending the conflict and achieving peace.
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Zelensky honoured Ukrainian military and civilian sacrifices during the seven-year conflict and called for an end to the violence that has taken thousands of lives and displaced millions.
He also stressed the need of discussion and diplomacy in resolving the crisis, and urged Russia to engage in constructive talks to achieve a peaceful conclusion.
Zelensky reaffirmed his support for the Minsk agreements, which aim to end the conflict through a political settlement, and urged Moscow to uphold its end of the bargain.
Additionally, he demanded the restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as the removal of all foreign troops and military hardware from Ukrainian soil.
Zelensky’s address was a resounding declaration of Ukraine’s resolve to put an end to the fighting and bring about peace, and it highlighted the necessity for all sides to cooperate in finding a peaceful settlement.
Zelensky remarked that it was the same day that he spoke to the Ukrainian people in a brief speech that lasted only 67 seconds on the anniversary of the start of the conflict.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
On the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sent a solemn message of defiance to his nation’s citizens on Friday. In a media-released video, titled “the year of invincibility,” the 45-year-old sat at the same desk and recalled how he addressed Ukrainians in a rushed statement a year ago, as the rest of the world was stunned by Russia’s act of war.
“I addressed you with a brief remark, lasting only 67 seconds, a year ago today, from this identical position, about seven in the morning,” he stated in a 15-minute speech, as solemn music played in the background. We are strong, he continued. Whatever comes, we are prepared.. We will defeat everyone. It started off like this on February 24, 2022. We woke up early and haven’t slept since, making it both the longest day of our life and the hardest day in our recent history.
According to estimates from Western military sources, more than 100,000 people (about the seating capacity of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) have been killed or injured on both sides of Europe’s worst combat since World War Two. In addition, tens of thousands of people were killed, and millions more fled the threat of conflict.
Ukrainian President Zelensky acknowledges the difficulties faced by his people, but also praises their resilience and solidarity in defending their country against a larger army
According to Zelensky, “almost everybody has at least one contact in their phone who will never pick up the phone again.” Whoever does not reply to the Text Good or bad?
Ukrainian soldiers thwarted an early win in 2022, and the battle, which Russia refers to as a “special military operation,” has devolved into grinding trench warfare in the east and south. The chances of a quick resolution to the dispute were slim because neither country’s leaders were shown any signs of giving in.
Zelensky complimented and thanked his people for ensuring Ukraine’s defenses against a significantly larger force by collecting financial and military backing from around the world. He said that we had united into one big force.
“We have not given up; we have triumphed over numerous difficulties,” All those responsible for bringing this evil, this conflict, to our country will be held accountable, Zelensky said on social media.
According to Zelensky, the year 2022 was one of resilience, courage, pain, and unity. “The essential takeaway is that we survived.” We were not vanquished. And we’ll exert every effort to succeed this year, Zelensky said.
“This has been the most painful year of my life and that of all Ukrainians,” said Diana Shestakova, 23, who works for a publishing business and whose partner has spent the last year abroad in the army.
She further remarked, “I am sure that we will be triumphant, but we don’t know how long we will have to wait and how many victims there are still to come.”