Tears and defiance in Ukraine for war anniversary

It has been a day of commemorations, reflection and tears in Ukraine.

On the first anniversary of the Russian invasion, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukrainians have proven themselves to be invincible during a year of pain, sorrow, faith and unity.

Ukrainians wept at memorials for their tens of thousands of dead as the killing continued.

In Saskatchewan, the official opposition leader Carla Beck of the NDP put out a statement supporting Ukraine in its struggle against invasion.

“On this one-year anniversary of Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, the Official Opposition reaffirms its commitment to the people of Ukraine. We will continue to stand with you in your fight for freedom in the face of Russia’s aggression.”

“We commend the selfless actions of Saskatchewan people and welcome those displaced who now call our province home. Countless families and local businesses have devoted their time, money and expertise to helping Ukrainian refugees in any way they can.”

Premier Scott Moe took to twitter to show his support:

“Saskatchewan will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine. Russia must withdraw from all Ukrainian territory. Slava Ukraini!”

China is calling for a cease-fire — an idea Ukraine has previously rejected for fear that a pause would allow Russia to regroup militarily after bruising battlefield setbacks.

-With files from the Canadian Press, and Associated Press-

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