Anniversary of independence and war in Ukraine

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Ukraine celebrated its independence from the USSR in 1991 on August 24. The entire country as well as the entire international community proudly displayed the blue and yellow colors of the national flag.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson congratulated the people of Ukraine on Independence Day: “To the people of Ukraine, on this Independence Day, I want you to know this: As long as must, the United Kingdom will be at your side. »

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Russia’s main ally who has been leading an offensive in Ukraine for six months, sent a congratulatory message to the Ukrainian people on Wednesday on the occasion of Independence Day, his press service said. “I am convinced that the current differences will not be able to destroy the centuries-old basis of sincere relations of good neighborliness between the peoples of the two countries”, affirmed in this message Lukashenko.

sentence of the day

“Six months to the day after the start of the war, of this Russian aggression against Ukraine, you can on this 31st anniversary of your independence be proud of these 31 years of the contemporary life of your country within its borders, and of its exceptional resistance.

A quote signed Emmanuel Macron, who once again denounces “the disastrous choice” made by Russia to launch the invasion of the country on February 24.

The number of the day

6. This Wednesday, it has been just six months since the war between Russia and Ukraine began. If it is difficult to predict what will be the consequences of the conflict, several hypotheses can be envisaged. The point with our journalist Cécile de Sèze.

The trend of the day

Ukraine will fight “to the end” without “any concessions or compromises” with Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky launched in his address to the Nation on his country’s Independence Day, which also marks six months on Wednesday of Russian invasion.

“We will fight for [notre armée] all the way,” he said. “We have been holding on for six months. It’s hard but we clenched our fists and we fight for our destiny”.

“For us, Ukraine is the whole of Ukraine. All 25 regions, without any concessions or compromises,” he continued. “What for us is the end of the war? We used to say “peace”. Now we say “victory”. We are not going to try to get along with the Russian terrorists, he insisted.

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