Ukraine Enters Third Year of War: Zelensky with Western leaders in Kyiv

Marking two years of a brutal conflict, Ukraine's President Zelensky vows victory even though Ukraine is in a very difficult situation

by Sededin Dedovic
Ukraine Enters Third Year of War: Zelensky with Western leaders in Kyiv
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It has been exactly two years since the world watched in horror as Russian forces began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. What was expected to be a quick victory for Russia turned into a protracted and brutal conflict, leaving a trail of destruction and displacement in its wake.

President Volodymyr Zelensky, standing amid the ruins of Gostomel Airport, a key battleground in the early days of the war, addressed the nation and Western allies with a defiant message. "We fought for this for 730 days," he declared in a determined voice.

"And we will win... and it will be the best day of our lives." Zelensky's words resonated with the unwavering spirit of the Ukrainian people who suffered enormous hardships during the conflict. Despite facing a seemingly insurmountable enemy, their resilience and determination to defend their homeland remains unbroken.

The international community played a key role in supporting the Ukrainian struggle. Leaders from the European Union, including Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, and national leaders from Italy, Canada and Belgium came to the commemoration and stood with Zelensky in a strong show of solidarity.

However, the war also exposed the enormous challenges facing Ukraine. As the conflict enters its third year, there are growing concerns about waning international support and a potential escalation of hostilities. Russia continues its offensive in eastern Ukraine, seizing key towns and villages.

The recent capture of Avdiivka and the ongoing fighting near Mariupol, which Ukrainian officials have called a hot spot, highlight the grim reality of the ongoing struggle. Meanwhile, in Russia, dissent against the war seems to be simmering.

Protests by the wives of mobilized soldiers demanding the return of their husbands from the front were met with sharp blows by the authorities, further tightening the already fractured social fabric of the nation. The future of the conflict remains uncertain.

Zelensky's unwavering optimism stands in stark contrast to the grim reality on the ground. It remains to be seen whether Ukraine can achieve the decisive victory it longs for or whether the war will descend into a prolonged stalemate. Ukraine is in a hopeless situation unless it receives even more help from its allies.