The Ukraine President does a presser….
Says….’Thanks for the support’…
‘Says he’s the wall against Putin’s Russia marching across Europe’…
‘Say’s he ain’t sitting down to talk until the Russian’s stop bombing his people’….
This IS a change ….
He was saying he had to get everything back before…..
The UN is also pushing for a end of the conflict…
China is also pushing for a stand down in the conflict which has complicated its foreign policy with the West…
US Senate Republican leader says supporting the Ukraine is part of ‘core national interests’
It’s been a solid year since since Russian force crossed into the Ukraine to surprise of everyone….
War photo’s in the New York Times….
Putin has internal political problems to deal with connected to his actions….
The first of Western tanks are in the Ukraine from Poland….
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine vowed on Friday that his country would defeat Russia, as the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion prompted shows of solidarity from around the world and a mix of anxiety and resolve in Ukraine.
“We will be victorious,” Mr. Zelensky of Ukraine told reporters at a news conference. He said that Ukraine could win the war this year as long as its allies remain united “like a fist” and continue delivering weapons.
He said that there would be no negotiations with Russia until Moscow stops bombing Ukrainian cities and killing Ukrainian people.
“Go ahead and stop doing all of that, and only after that we’ll tell you what form will be used to diplomatically put an end to it,” Mr. Zelensky said, as allies rallied around Ukraine with new pledges of weapons and shows of support.
Even as leaders in Ukraine and around the world marked the anniversary with ceremonies and speeches, the fighting continued much as it has for the past year.
The war has already done untold damage: Tens of thousands have been killed on both sides, millions of Ukrainians have been made homeless, and Ukraine has sustained tens of billions of dollars worth of damage that has left cities flattened and people around the country grappling with dark and cold.
But Ukrainians have also found strength in shared sacrifice, and hope in the setbacks their country’s forces have dealt Russia on the battlefield. Ukraine has largely stopped the offensives of its much larger and better-armed neighbor and has regained swathes of captured land, aided by the United States and its European allies, which have remained united, funneling billions of dollars of weapons to Kyiv.
The war has reverberated around the globe, reshaping and strengthening alliances, and affecting everything from grain prices to energy policy. But even though Russia has found itself more isolated from the West, sanctions have failed to bring the country to its knees, and much of the rest of the world has continued to provide economic or diplomatic support to Moscow.
Here’s what else to know:
The United States announced new economic sanctions on more than 200 individuals and entities in Russia and other countries that are helping to support Russia’s invasion. And the Pentagon said on Friday that it would spend $2 billion to supply the Ukrainian military with new drones and anti-drone systems, as well as additional ammunition for artillery and long-range rocket systems to repel Moscow’s attacks.
Russian opposition groups in more than 100 cities in 44 countries around the world — from Berlin to Seoul to Los Angeles — plan to mark the anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine with three days of demonstrations.
NATO and European leaders dismissed a position paper issued by Beijing that called for an end to fighting while avoiding demands, or words like invasion, that could hurt its ties with Russia. But Mr. Zelensky took a more restrained approach, saying “I think that China spoke its mind on the matter.”
Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen confronted senior Russian officials at a meeting of the finance ministers of the Group of 20 nations in India on Friday, calling them complicit in Mr. Putin’s war and saying they had a “moral imperative” to end the conflict.
As The Times covers the first anniversary of the war, we invite readers to share their thoughts and observations here….
In Russia, Friday was a quiet holiday, with scant official mention of the anniversary, though some antiwar memorials sprang up in support of Ukraine, and police mounted a large presence in major cities to prevent any potential unrest. Opponents of the war also mounted protests worldwide, leaving a destroyed Russian tank outside the Russian embassy in Berlin and painting a Ukrainian flag in the street before the Russian embassy in London.
Here’s what to know
*I have adjusted the numbers of the days up two weeks based on the Feb. 24 2022 jump off date…
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