KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine is marking one 12 months since Russia launched a full-scale assault that violently ended a long time of relative stability in Europe.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the invasion as “the toughest day of our fashionable historical past. We wakened early and haven’t fallen asleep since.” He has framed the battle as a morally charged battle, pledging that Ukrainian forces will combat on with the assistance of Western arms. The USA introduced one other $2 billion bundle for Ukraine, together with anti-armor Switchblade drones and laser-guided rocket programs, on Friday.
In Russia, Friday was a quiet vacation, with scant official point out of the anniversary, although some antiwar memorials sprung up in assist of Ukraine and police mounted a big presence in main cities to stop any potential unrest.