Kuleba announces ‘big events’ on anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine

11 February, 06:05 PM
Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:REUTERS/Amr Alfiky T)

Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:REUTERS/Amr Alfiky T)

The UN and the global community will host major events to discuss Russia's aggression against Ukraine on Feb. 23 and 24, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with Ukrainian TV presenter for the ICTV channel Vadym Karpyak.

Asked about the possibility of Russia's expulsion from the UN Security Council, Kuleba said that this process would inevitably be delayed, but that "major events" would take place in New York, where the headquarters of the United Nations is based, on Feb. 23 and 24, and these two days will be devoted exclusively to Russia's aggression and Ukraine's future victory.

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The minister also said that the whole world will be "working in the right direction" on these days.

"There will be many important political signals, decisions on sanctions, weapons, symbols of unity, and this will happen at all levels," Kuleba said.

“I will say this: Russia will remember how the world marks the anniversary of its full-scale aggression against Ukraine.”

Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on the morning of Feb. 24, 2022, or 352 days ago.

The Kremlin appears to have expected a quick victory in its full-scale war against Ukraine -  some of its officers took their dress uniforms with them when entering Ukraine, apparently in expectation of holding a victory parade in Kyiv.

Ordinary Russian soldiers and army units also appeared to have been unprepared for a long battle in Ukraine, quickly running out of food and fuel, causing soldiers to loot shops and vehicles to be abandoned.

After making initial gains, the Russian army was forced to retreat from Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts. Later, a lighting offensive by Ukrainian forces liberated most of Kharkiv Oblast, while a longer-running offensive by Ukrainian troops liberated the part of Kherson Oblast lying to the west of the Dnipro River.

Ukrainian forces have liberated about half of the territory Russia seized in its initial invasion attacks.

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