the victory of Ukraine in the war against Russia it will be “inevitable” if Western countries, which have already started to deliver heavy tanks, maintain their aid, the president said on Friday Volodymyr Zelenskyon the first anniversary of the invasion of his country.
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“If our partners keep their word and meet deadlines, we are in for a victory inevitable (…). I really want it to be this year.”Zelensky said at a news conference in kyiv.
Poland announced that it had already sent Ukraine four tanks heavy Leopard 2 and promised to ship “very soon” 60 tanks Poles PT-91.
Sweden indicated that it will deliver “approximately” ten Leopards and Germany announced the shipment of another four, in addition to the fourteen already planned to reinforce the Ukrainian resistance.
The Defense Minister of UkraineOleksii Reznikov has promised a general counter-offensive as fierce fighting rages in the east.
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Russian troops entered Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Currently, numerous Ukrainian cities are in ruins, a part of the country lives under Russian occupation and the balance of dead and wounded on each side exceeds 150,000, according to estimates westerners.
The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, affirmed that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, “did not achieve a single one” of his objectives in a year of war.
“Instead of erasing Ukraine off the map, he is facing a nation stronger than ever.”stood out in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.
Russia I was betting on one victory fast enough to keep Ukraine within its sphere of influence, but now seems to limit its ambitions to recognition of the annexation of four breakaway areas in the east.
Even so, the former president and number two of the Russian Security Council, Dmitri Medvedev, said he was sure of the “victory” and proclaimed that Russian troops are ready to go “to the borders of Poland”.
The United States announced new sanctions against Russiato sectors such as banking and the defense industry, to limit Moscow’s access to strategic technology.
However, the US president, Joe Biden, ruled out on Friday replacing for the moment Ukraine with F16 fighter jets, noting in an interview with ABC News that Zelensky “doesn’t need F16s now.”
The EU also approved its tenth round of sanctions, which provide for “restrictions against individuals or entities that support war, spread propaganda, or supply Russia with drones used in war.”
And the G7 of the most advanced economies in the world threatened with “heavy costs” to countries that help Russia to evade sanctions.
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protests and tributes
In Berlin, protesters placed the remains of a Russian tank in front of the Moscow embassy, as symbol of the fall of Russia”.
In London, a minute’s silence was held in front of the Russian embassy in the presence of British MPs and diplomats.
Ukrainians also paid tribute to their dead.
A photographic exhibition in Bucha recalled the horror experienced by this city located on the northwestern outskirts of the Ukrainian capital.
The exhibition was held in a church, next to the place where victims of the Russian occupation were hastily buried in a mass grave, before their expulsion by Ukrainian forces at the end of March 2022.
“We stayed here with my wife for a month during the occupation. We didn’t move, we saw all those horrors.” told Serguii Zamostian, a 62-year-old retired teacher, with red eyes, as he left the church.
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The UN General Assembly approved on Thursday by 141 votes in favour, 7 in against and 32 abstentions a resolution that demands that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its military forces” from Ukraine.
China, which abstained, on Friday put forward a 12-point proposal for a “political solution” urging dialogue, it warns against the use of nuclear weapons and urges not to attack civilians.
“I think [en ese plan] there is respect for our territorial integrity (…). We must work with China on that point.” said Zelensky, who said he was ready to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Russian Foreign Ministry indicated that it “appreciates” China’s efforts, but insisted on the need for its control over the four annexed Ukrainian regions to be recognized.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg instead asserted that such a plan “does not have much credibility” because China “has not been able to condemn the illegal invasion of Ukraine”.
The stagnant prospects for peace gave rise to other initiatives.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva reiterated his proposal to create a group of countries to establish a negotiating table, a proposal that Moscow said it is studying.
Zelensky for his part expressed his willingness to get closer to countries in Latin America and Africa, several of which abstained on Thursday in the vote in the General Assembly.
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“Living in fear”
The Ukrainians admit their fatigue after a year at the rate of anti-aircraft alerts and frequently deprived of electricity and water due to the bombing, but they trust in a favorable outcome of the conflict.
Oksana, a 60-year-old resident of Kramatorsk (East), claims to “live in fear” and hope for “peace”.
Galyna Gamulets, 64, a resident of Bucha, expressed pride in her nation and assured that her country will be “successful” in repelling the invaders.
The head of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner assured that his troops had taken the Ukrainian town of Berjivka, north of the city of Bakhmut, which has been besieged by Russian troops for months.
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