Zelensky's Defiant Promise of Victory on Ukraine's Second War Anniversary

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.25 - 2024 11:11 AM CET

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Zelensky's Defiant Promise of Victory on Ukraine's Second War Anniversary.

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On the solemn second anniversary of Russia's invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stood firm, vowing victory over Russia amidst ongoing battles and despite recent setbacks and a shortfall in Western support.

"We will win," Zelensky declared during a commemorative ceremony at Kyiv's Gostomel airport, an early target in Russia's comprehensive 2022 assault. His statement was made in the presence of the prime ministers of Canada, Italy, and Belgium, along with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, all of whom visited Kyiv to observe the anniversary. This is reported by Barron's.

Echoing Zelensky's sentiment, Ukraine's military chief, Oleksandr Syrsky, expressed unwavering confidence in their eventual triumph, stating, "because light always conquers darkness."

The initial expectations of a swift Russian victory were quickly dashed as Ukraine mounted a resilient defense, leading to significant Russian withdrawals. However, the tide has seen shifts, with Ukraine facing challenges in its 2023 counteroffensive efforts.

The Russian military has fortified its position by enhancing its defense capabilities, leaving Ukrainian forces in a precarious situation with dwindling manpower and a critical shortage of Western-provided munitions for artillery and air defenses.

In a show of solidarity, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg encouraged Ukraine and its allies to maintain their resolve. Von der Leyen lauded Ukraine's "extraordinary resistance" upon her arrival in Kyiv, highlighting the international support for Ukraine's cause.

In a significant development, Kyiv secured security agreements with both Ottawa and Rome. Canada announced it would extend $2.2 billion in combined financial and military aid to Ukraine in 2024. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized Canada's commitment, stating,

"We will stand with Ukraine with whatever it takes, for as long as it takes," underscoring the international community's dedication to Ukraine's sovereignty and resilience in the face of aggression.

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