Friday, February 24, marks the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
We should not forget that the war, which has brought destruction and death, has been going on since 2014. But it reached its greatest scale exactly one year ago.
On February 24 last year, Russia invaded Ukraine from the north, east, and south.
During the year of full-scale armed aggression of the Russian occupiers in Ukraine, 1388 children have suffered. About a third of them died.
A large number of women and adolescents have been subjected to violence and abuse in the occupied territories.
According to the United Nations Environment Program, the conflict has damaged many regions of the country as a result of incidents at nuclear power plants and facilities, energy infrastructure, including oil storage facilities, refineries, drilling platforms, gas facilities and distribution pipelines, mines and industrial facilities, and agricultural processing plants.
If not for the war, all of this might not have happened.
It was a year of pain, regret, faith and unity, the Head of State noted in his address:
“On February 24, millions of us made a choice: not a white flag, but a blue and yellow one. Not an escape, but a meeting. Meeting with the enemy. Resistance and struggle. It was a year of pain, regret, faith and unity. And this is the year of our invincibility. We know that this will be the year of our victory!” Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized.
The President noted that at the beginning of the war, someone was afraid, someone was shocked, someone did not know what to say, but everyone felt what to do. There were traffic jams on the roads, but many people went to buy weapons. Lines were forming. Some people stood at the borders, but many went to military registration and enlistment offices.
“Our faith has become stronger. Our spirit has become stronger. We survived the first day of a full-scale war. We did not know what would happen tomorrow, but we knew for sure that we had to fight for every tomorrow! And we fought. We fought every day. And we survived the second day. And then – on the third. Three days that we were given to live. They threatened that we would be gone in 72 hours. But we survived on the fourth day. And on the fifth. And today we have been standing for exactly one year. And we still know that we have to fight for every tomorrow!” – the President said.
His main conclusion is that “we survived. We have not been defeated. And we will do everything to win this year!”
Glory to Ukraine!