April 13, 2024

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Two years after the start of the war in Ukraine, Zelensky sent a message to Russia: “We will win.”

Two years after the start of the war in Ukraine, Zelensky sent a message to Russia: “We will win.”

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky This Saturday, he vowed his country would defeat Russian forces, two years after the invasion launched by Moscow. “We have been fighting for this for 730 days of our lives. We will win.”The president, flanked by four Western leaders, said at an open air event at Gostomel airport near Kyiv.

“Any normal person wants the war to end. But No one will allow Ukraine to end“, he said, insisting that the conflict must end “on our terms” and with a “just” peace.

The Ukrainian president delivered these words in the presence of European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen and Canada, Italy and Belgium Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau, Giorgia Meloni and Alexander de Croo, respectively, visiting the anniversary.

At the same event, Zelensky presented medals to soldiers at Koštomel airport, which was attacked by Russia in the first days of the invasion in February 2022.

“Two years ago we met the enemy here with fire; two years later, we welcomed our friends and partners,” the Ukrainian president said, referring to his Western allies.

“We believe that Ukraine is fighting for our freedom and our national interest,” Meloni, who plans to sign a bilateral security agreement with Zelensky, told reporters this Saturday.

Following the UK in January, Kyiv signed similar deals with Germany, France and Denmark.

The agreements aim to provide military equipment, train Ukrainian forces and strengthen the defense sector of the former Soviet republic.

The Argentine government condemned the Russian invasion

Argentina's government today expressed its “firm condemnation of the Russian invasion” and urged Moscow to immediately end “illegal use of force” and military operations on Ukrainian territory.

“Two years after the beginning of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the Republic of Argentina reiterates its firm condemnation of the invasion and urges the Russian Federation to immediately cease illegal military and military operations on Ukrainian territory and withdraw its equipment and military personnel.” A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed by Diana Mondino was released this morning.

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In the text, the Argentine government “resolutely respects the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and general international law, in particular the obligation to respect the principle of sovereignty and territorial integrity of States, the peaceful settlement of disputes and the protection of the human rights of civilians affected by conflict”.

“On this significant date, we express concern about the transfer of children within Ukraine and the deportation of children to the Russian Federation, which has been documented by international organizations and is a violation of international humanitarian law,” the text said. .

Likewise, Javier Millay's government “strongly” condemned acts of violence against civilians and civilian infrastructure by the Russian Federation.

“Argentina makes a special call to the Russian Federation to refrain from any action that could endanger nuclear facilities or radioactive materials and subject the population to greater suffering,” the Palacio San Martín statement said.

He also recalled that Argentina “sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine, in which Argentine experts from the White Helmets Commission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided assistance – in Poland and Romania – in the evacuation and containment of refugees who requested assistance. The war zone” and that the country “exported 16 humanitarian items in aid to Ukraine.

In this framework, the Argentine government reiterated the “urgent call to the parties to defuse the conflict”: “We firmly believe that diplomacy and dialogue are the only way to avoid further suffering and to find a just and lasting solution. In this sense, we continue to facilitate constructive engagement between the United Nations Secretary-General and the parties. We support the efforts of other actors who are working.”

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“This war is a disaster for Ukraine and its people, and its implications have serious global consequences. Argentina will continue to promote negotiations and a peaceful solution to the conflict. Only peace, in accordance with the United Nations Charter and international law. , will prevent the continued increase of innocent victims,” ​​he concludes.

Zelensky insists on military aid

The presence of many Western leaders in Kyiv on Saturday did not hide a reality: US aid is blocked by President Joe Biden's Republican opponents and aid from the European Union is delayed.

Zelensky said on Friday that decisions on providing military aid should be a “priority”.

“Our infantry had to face enemy tanks, planes and artillery with assault rifles and grenades,” said a 39-year-old recruit from Kyiv, who has been fighting for two years and identifies himself by his nickname Sportsman.

In the past few hours, the United Kingdom announced 245 million pounds (USD 311 million) to boost its arms production and another 8.5 million pounds in humanitarian aid to Kyiv.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, for his part, called on Kiev and its allies “not to lose hope” because “President Putin's goal of dominating Ukraine has not changed.”

Zelensky remembers the fallen soldiers. Photo: Reuters

Upon his arrival in Kyiv, Von der Leyen, head of the European administration, highlighted the “extraordinary resistance of the Ukrainian people” and assured them that the bloc would support them “until the country finally gains independence”.

Ukraine in turn said it had hit one of the largest Russian steel plants in a drone strike in the western region of Lipetsk.

Russia claims its victories

Russia prides itself on increasing its operations on the front and is claiming victories such as the capture of Avdiivka in the east of the country on February 17 after months of fierce fighting. Russian troops continued the offensive in another eastern sector around Maringa.

“Today, based on the ratio of forces, Advantage is on our sideRussian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said this Saturday during a visit to his forces.

Putin congratulated his soldiers fighting in Ukraine yesterday. About 500,000 men joined the armed forces in 2023 and another 50,000 in January, while the economy geared up to support the war machine.

The Russian opposition, for its part, was decimated by repression and the death of its key leader, Alexei Navalny, in an Arctic prison on February 16.

Regarding the sanctions that isolated Russia from the West, former Russian President and current No. 2 in the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, insisted that his country would take revenge for them.

“We must remember this and avenge them as much as possible. They are our enemies,” he wrote on Telegram, after new restrictions announced by the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom in recent days.