Illustration photo – This photo taken from a video released by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense shows a Russian army BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher firing missiles at Ukrainian troops at an undisclosed location in Ukraine on February 22, 2023.
Kyiv/Moscow – One year since Russian troops invaded Ukraine and the first explosions rocked Ukrainian cities, people around the world will remember today with a number of commemorative events and protests. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will speak at the press conference, representatives of the G7 group and the UN Security Council will speak.
Several world leaders, including Zelensky, will make speeches today. His press conference is entitled February – the year of invincibility, the place and time are unknown. Chinese President Xi Jinping is also expected to deliver a speech on the anniversary of the Russian invasion. China's proposal for peace should also be part of it. This evening, Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová will deliver a speech on the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Events in support of Ukraine will be held in a number of European capitals, protests and commemorative ceremonies will also take place in Prague. From Thursday evening for the next three nights, the Eiffel Tower will be lit up in Ukrainian colors. Yellow and blue, here the colors of the Ukrainian flag, also appear on the top of the Empire State Building in New York.
An event commemorating the first anniversary of the Russian invasion is being organized by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier together with Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Oleksiy Makeyev today in Berlin's Bellevue presidential residence. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and most of the ministers will be present, and Zelenskyj is also scheduled to speak via video. In solidarity with Ukraine, Ukrainian flags will be flown in front of Bellevue, the Reichstag and other buildings in Berlin, and demonstrations are planned in the capital and other German cities. A Russian T-72 tank destroyed in Ukraine is to be erected opposite the Russian embassy in Berlin as a sign of protest.
Eleven strikes will start a minute of silence across Britain today, which wants to honor the courage of Ukrainians in the face of the Russian invasion and to emphasize solidarity and support of London Kyiv. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will lead the event from his office in Downing Street.
The foreign ministers of the UN Security Council countries will meet in New York to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The representatives of the G7 countries – the USA, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU – will meet online, and the Ukrainian president will also join them. According to Japanese media, the group will likely confirm further cooperation in supporting Ukraine and condemn Russia.