Zelenskyy’s message on war anniversary: ‘We became one big army’
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy marked the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion on Friday (24 February) with a sombre message of defiance to his people, saying “we will defeat everyone”.
“A year ago on this day, from this same place around seven in the morning, I addressed you with a brief statement, lasting only 67 seconds,” he said in a 15-minute speech, as solemn music played in the background.
Western military officials estimate casualties on both sides of the largest conflict in Europe since World War Two at more than 100,000 killed or wounded. Tens of thousands of civilians also died, while millions more have fled the threat of fighting.
Ukrainian forces prevented a swift victory early in 2022, and the conflict, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”, has become one of grinding trench warfare in the east and south.