Feb 24, 2023

By Jane Brown

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Friday February 24th marks one year since Vladimir Putin’s Russian war began in Ukraine.

A ceremony was held Friday morning in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv where Ukrainian soldiers were recognized for their bravery and sacrifice.

President Volodomyr Zelenskyy addressed soldiers gathered for the ceremony and pledged to push for victory this year.

Missile strikes rained down on the country at dawn one year ago as Russian tanks invaded from the northern border with Belarus toward the capital, and from the south.

People in Ukraine have lived under constant threat of enemy missiles, and the United Nations estimates at least 7000 Ukrainian civilians have been killed.

At the one year mark, Poland’s prime minister has made good on a promise to provide German made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, which were delivered Friday.

And it’s been announced, the U.S. is offering a new $2-billion aid package to Ukraine to mark the anniversary.

The assistance includes more rounds of ammunition and high tech drones.

Including the latest package, the United States has committed more than $32-billion to Ukraine.

In cities across Canada and around the world, rallies of support are taking place, in A Day of Action.

Mark Shwec with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress told The Morning Zoom with Sam and Jane, the Toronto event begins at 6:30 Friday evening at Yonge-Dundas Square with a march to Nathan Phillips Square for a rally.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend.

Friday morning, the Ukrainian flag was raised at Toronto City Hall in honour of the anniverary.

And be sure to tune into Vision TV Friday at 11pm for a special war anniversary edition of The Zoomer hosted by Marissa Lennox.

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