One year after the invasion of Russia, Ukraine and its leaders are still standing. President Volodimir Zelensky has headed the ceremony marking the outbreak of the war.
Moscow’s goal was to overthrow its government and conquer the country in a matter of days. Zelensky has said that the Ukrainian people prevented that from happening:
“I thank all those who endured that February and this year and who have given Ukraine indomitability. Glory to all who are now in the battle. Glory to all who help, help to fight every day and to those who save lives”.
On the streets of kyiv, people take stock of a year of resistance, suffering and loss.
“This day has divided life into a before and after. I haven’t been home for a year, I haven’t seen my family for a year, so it’s a terrible pain for me,” says a Ukrainian.
“We are here today because it is a decisive day, one year since the beginning of the war. And I hope there is no next anniversary. I think this year we will end the war.”points out a compatriot.
Ukraine enters a second year of war. The people seem united and determined to keep fighting. But with both sides preparing for a new offensive, there is little hope that the conflict will end any time soon.
Source: Euronews Español