Zelensky: We will win, that's why we've been fighting for the last 730 days

"Every normal person wants the war to end, but none of us will allow Ukraine to disappear," Zelensky said.

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Zelenski and Meloni, Photo: Reuters
Zelenski and Meloni, Photo: Reuters
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Ažurirano: 24.02.2024. 13:54h

Today, on the second anniversary of the beginning of the Russian invasion of his country, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, declared: "We will win!".

"This is why we are fighting for the last 730 days of our lives. And we will win on the best day of our lives," he said in a video statement from the Gostomel military airport near Kiev, where one of the key battles with the Russians took place in the first days of the invasion.

Zelenski said that the war must end "on our terms" and with a "just" peace.

"Every normal person wants the war to end, but none of us will allow Ukraine to disappear," Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian president was accompanied by foreign leaders who arrived in Kyiv on the occasion of the anniversary, including the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the prime ministers of Italy and Canada, Giorgio Meloni, who chairs the Group of 7 richest liberal democracies, and Justin Trudeau.

"We believe that Ukraine is also fighting for our freedom and also for our national interest," Meloni told reporters.

"We are here today to thank these men and women who on February 24 two years ago did not run away but fought. This place is a symbol of Moscow's failure, a symbol of Ukrainian pride," Meloni said.

She is supposed to sign a bilateral agreement with the Ukrainian president on security today.

In January, Kyiv signed such an agreement with London, and later with Germany and France.

These agreements refer to the provision of military equipment compatible with NATO military equipment, to the training of Ukrainian forces and to the strengthening of Ukraine's defense industry.

The Italian agency AGI announced that Meloni and Zelensky will open a virtual G17 meeting on Ukraine at 7:7 p.m. in the Saint Sophia Cathedral in the center of Kyiv. The GXNUMX includes the USA, Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy and Canada, with Italy presiding this year.

A gloomy mood hangs over the country as the war against Russia enters its third year, with Ukrainian troops facing increasing challenges on the front line due to dwindling ammunition supplies and personnel challenges, and the withdrawal from a strategic eastern city that is one of Moscow's biggest victories.

The anniversary comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sacked military commander-in-chief Valery Zaluzhny, replacing him with Lt. Gen. Alexander Sirsky, marking the most significant change at the top since the start of the war.

Russia still controls about a quarter of the country after Ukraine fell short of expectations with its summer counter-offensive that produced little progress. Meanwhile, millions of Ukrainians continue to live in precarious circumstances in the crossfire, and many others face ongoing struggles under Russian occupation. Most are still waiting for Ukrainian liberation, which has not come.

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