About Russian Vs Ukraine
One year ago, Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in an attempt to topple the Western-aligned government of Volodymyr Zelensky. In the weeks that followed, Ukrainian forces fought back with resolute courage and determination. Amid a global display of solidarity, leaders condemned the aggression and levied a series of sanctions against Russia.
But the Kremlin was relentless in its military campaign against Ukraine. Its assaults on the battlefield and a campaign of missile strikes against power, heat, and water utilities have left many parts of the country vulnerable to a humanitarian crisis.
The war has also deepened Ukraine’s sense of national identity. A recent poll found that 85% of Ukrainians now self-identify as Ukrainians, compared with just 64% six months earlier. And it has imbued them with a deeply negative view of Russia.
Despite these setbacks, Ukraine is winning the battle for its sovereignty and its future. The United States stands strongly with Ukraine as it defends itself, and will continue to do so until Russia ends its illegal invasion. And the Ukrainian people’s indomitable resolve and resilience will inspire those around the world who seek to stand up to Russian bullying and assert their own dignity. Among them will be Germans, who are now at the forefront of Ukraine’s struggle. In the weeks following the invasion, they adopted a series of measures unprecedented in Germany’s post-war history, including imposing sanctions against Russia that most observers had predicted would never be taken, ending a long-standing policy of forgiving Russian debt, and ordering new dual-capable F-35 fighter jets to support Ukraine’s air defenses.