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Ukraine war: ‘Russia must lose’ to prevent further attempts at conquering, says Zelenskiy, one year after start of invasion


06:24

It is one year since Russia started its invasion of Ukraine. Our writers at home and abroad continue to bring you complete coverage of the conflict that has reshaped the world.

Here’s a short summary of Friday’s events so far

  • An advisor to Volodymyr Zelenskiy has said any end to the war must see Russia withdraw to Ukraine’s 1991 borders
  • Russia claims to have killed 240 Ukrainian soldiers in ongoing front line offensive move
  • A destroyed Russian tank has been placed outside the Russian embassy in Berlin, writes Derek Scally
  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has promised enduring Irish support for the country after a year of war
  • Daniel McLaughlin reports from Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv where structures may be damaged and lives lost but second city’s spirit still defies Russia

[ Full coverage of the conflict and the anniversary ]


05:43

Zelenskiy: ‘Russia must lose in Ukraine’

Russia has to lose its war in Ukraine so it stops seeking to conquer territories it once controlled, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday, the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

“Russia must lose in Ukraine,” Mr Zelenskiy told a conference in Lithuania via video-link.

“Russian revanchism must forever forget about Kyiv and Vilnius, about Chisinau and Warsaw, about our brothers in Latvia and Estonia, in Georgia and every other country that is now threatened.”

Lithuania is a member of Nato and the European Union that was once under the control of Moscow.

Earlier on Friday, Mr Zelenskiy said on Telegran: “This will be the year of our victory.”

“On 24 February, millions of us made a choice. Not a white flag, but a blue and yellow flag. Not fleeing, but facing. Facing the enemy. Resistance and struggle. It was a year of pain, sorrow, faith and unity. And this is a year of our invincibility. We know that this will be the year of our victory!” – Additional reporting Reuters

On February 24, millions of us made a choice. Not a white flag, but the blue and yellow one. Not fleeing, but facing. Resisting & fighting.
It was a year of pain, sorrow, faith, and unity. And this year, we remained invincible. We know that 2023 will be the year of our victory! pic.twitter.com/oInWvssjOI

— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) February 24, 2023

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