A tweet showing two images of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky side by sideshow how much he has changed as the war has progressed.
It has been one year since Russia invaded Ukraine, and in that time the country's president has dealt with multiple assassination attempts, negotiated with European leaders to provide safe passage for refugees, and asked for more intervention including a no-fly zone, and for Russia to be hit with more sanctions.
When the conflict started, Zelensky said he intended to stay in the country and help and he has done.
Speaking on the anniversary, Zelensky said: "A year ago on this day, from this same place around seven in the morning, I addressed you with a brief statement, lasting only 67 seconds," the president said in an early morning address, recalling his dawn speech delivered as bombs fell across Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
"Two of the most important things both then and now echoed . . . The fact that Russia started a full-scale war against us. And that we are strong. We are ready for anything. We will defeat everyone. Because we are Ukraine!"
Take a look at it the images of him changing from just the first 41 days of the war:
These photos were taken 41 days apart by the president\u2019s photographer. The first one on the 23rd of February, the last day of peaceful Ukraine. The second one in Bucha today.pic.twitter.com/kfPU723gw1
In the UK Rishi Sunak has led a minute’s silence from Downing Street to mark a year of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion.
The Prime Minister was joined outside No 10 by wife Akshata Murthy, Kyiv’s ambassador to Britain Vadym Prystaiko and dozens of Ukrainian troops being trained by the UK.
After the national pause, the Ukrainian national anthem was sung.
Additional reporting from PA.
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