365 days have passed since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. One year since the Russian Army began an invasion that has left thousands dead, eight million displaced and a country devastated.
This Friday, the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, wanted to send a message to the Ukrainian people: «It has been a year of pain, sadness, faith and unity. And this year, we have remained invincible. We know that 2023 will be the year of our victory!”, said the Ukrainian president.
Russian threats on the anniversary of the start of the war: “We will reach the Polish borders”
Former Russian President Dmitri Medvedev promises that Russia will emerge victorious in its offensive against Ukraine. Medvedev, through a message on Telegram, wrote that it is important “to push back the borders of threats against our country as far as possible.”even if it comes to the borders of Poland.
Support for Ukraine from the international community
Germany will support Ukraine “as hard and as long as it takes,” Foreign Minister Olaf Scholz said on Thursday, marking the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country.
“What impresses us all very much is the determination and courage of the Ukrainians, how they defend their freedom,” Scholz said in a video message marking the anniversary.
“Germany supports you in this, as hard and as long as it takes,” he said, adding that German aid to Ukraine, for financial and humanitarian support as well as weapons, has totaled more than 14 billion euros. Until now.
Britain marked the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine by issuing more sanctions against Russia, including export bans on all items it has used on the battlefield.
The Foreign Ministry said on Friday that internationally coordinated sanctions and trade measures would target aircraft parts, radio equipment and electronic components. It will also target more executives, including those at the Rosatom nuclear power plant and advocacy groups.
Extraordinary meeting in the Ukrainian Rada
An extraordinary meeting is taking place in the Verkhovna Rada. The standing deputies began to applaud the foreign delegations present in the rostrum, among them the deputy for Ciudadanos Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez, a member of the Spanish delegation to the NATO Assembly. They have sung the Ukrainian anthem and observed a minute of silence for the victims of the war.
Then some members of the Government entered and the President of Congress intervened from the rostrum.
The corridors of the Verkhovna Rada are lined with sandbag barricades. Everything is ready in case there is a possible assault on the Ukrainian Parliament. Many of the deputies dress as Zelenski does in his appearances and also in military clothing.
Reports Angie Calero, special envoy to kyiv
Moldova rejects Russian claims of a Ukrainian plot to invade the breakaway region
Moldova’s government has called for calm after Moscow claimed without evidence that an invasion of Transnistria was likely.
China proposes peace talks with Ukraine as it escalates its involvement in the conflict
A 12-point position paper released on the anniversary of Russia’s invasion has been greeted with caution by Ukraine.
China’s government has called for peace talks between Ukraine and Russia, while urging all parties to avoid nuclear escalation and end attacks on civilians, in a statement that seemed to maintain Beijing’s position that the West is fueling the conflict and which analysts dismissed as bland.
The 12-point document on Ukraine was published on Friday morning, on the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion, and ahead of Xi Jinping’s long-awaited speech.
Ukraine, year I
A year ago, Russian troops began the invasion of Ukraine, thus beginning a war that has already claimed thousands of lives, has left more than eight million displaced and a devastated country.
This Friday, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, wanted to send a message to the Ukrainian people: «It has been a year of pain, sadness, faith and unity. And this year, we have remained invincible. We know that 2023 will be the year of our victory!”, said the Ukrainian president.