On 24 February 2024, Ukraine and the whole world mark the 2-year tragic anniversary since the start of Russia’s full-scale military invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, it is important to remember that the Russian aggression against Ukraine started much earlier on 19 February 2014.

In 2014, Russia temporarily occupied and attempted to annex the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, as well as temporarily occupied the parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Since 2014, the Minsk agreements and more than 200 meetings in the Normandy format did not bring de-occupation of the Ukrainian territory and restoration of peace: Russia used this period for preparation of the full-scale military invasion of Ukraine.

After the start of the full-scale military invasion in 2022, Russia attempted to annex also parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as parts of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, temporarily occupied after the full-scale invasion.

The lesson we learned in the last two years is that the lack of a strong response to the Russian aggression in 2014 was taken by the Russian Federation as a sign of weakness and that Russia understands only the language of force.

For the last 2 years, Ukrainians have witnessed so many horrific war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Russian military in Ukraine. We will always remember the Bucha and Borodianka massacres, as well as other massive crimes in Ukraine by the Russian invaders. We will never give up the issue of the return of the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian children, forcibly deported from Ukraine to Russia, uniting international efforts to achieve this goal. We will always remember the deliberate destruction by the Russian forces of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant Dam, resulting in one of the biggest ecological and humanitarian disasters in Europe in decades. We will remember the Russian unilateral withdrawal from the Black Sea Grain Initiative, endangering global food security and blackmailing the whole world. We will remember missile and drone attacks, killing thousands of Ukrainian civilians, including children in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Odesa, Kryvyi Rih, Vinnytsia, Lviv, Zaporizhzhia, and many other cities and villages in my country. We will remember and will never forgive.

Despite these crimes, Ukraine has shown its readiness to fight against the Russian aggressor, and the world has shown its ability to unite in supporting Ukraine and the global security architecture based on rules.

But as Russia’s war of aggression is ongoing, the importance of our unity, dedication, and readiness to provide Ukraine with all necessary means for victory today is more crucial than ever.

The international community also has to continue cooperating in the spirit of solidarity to address the impacts of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine on food security, energy, finance, environmental and nuclear security and safety globally.

Ukraine is grateful to every nation, leader, and individual who has been standing with us all along. We appreciate all the support and will keep it in our hearts forever. It has allowed us to survive and resist the invasion.

In this regard, we are grateful to the Kingdom of Thailand for the continued support of Ukraine in the form of humanitarian assistance and express hope that such support will increase. We also would like to reiterate our sincere thanks to the Royal Thai Government for its consistent position of support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

We urge all of our partners to remain united and continue to support Ukraine. Russia makes every effort to sow doubt and discord among free nations that support Ukraine, and we must not allow Moscow to achieve this goal.

On 26 February, Ukraine also marks the Day of Resistance to the occupation of Crimea. This date also reminds the world that Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are a cornerstone of global stability and justice.

As long as Crimea remains occupied, there is a constant threat of its use by the Russian Federation for attacking other parts of Ukraine and blocking free navigation in the Black Sea, causing also a threat to food security. Crimea under Russia’s control poses a threat to the whole Black Sea region and far beyond.

It is important to remember that Russia’s February 2022 attack was intended as a blitzkrieg, with the goal of destroying the Ukrainian state within days or weeks. Two years later, Ukraine is still standing and fighting back, having liberated more than half of the newly occupied territories, lifting Russia’s naval blockade by sinking nearly a third of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, and forming a global coalition to support Ukraine.

Russia currently has no intention of ceasing aggression, withdrawing its occupation troops from Ukraine, or pursuing diplomatic solutions. The Kremlin regime continues to send thousands of men into battle, hoping to achieve some success ahead of its sham “elections” in March. Russia also continues to launch missile and drone strikes on peaceful Ukrainian cities, resulting in civilian casualties and damage to critical infrastructure.

The Peace Formula of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy remains the only realistic plan to reach comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in Ukraine and to guarantee security and justice for the entire international community.

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Russian aggression and the 2nd anniversary of Russia’s full-scale military invasion of Ukraine, it is also more than symbolic to express our joint united position in support of the Peace Formula and inaugural Global Peace Summit to discuss its further implementation at the highest level.

By: Orel Pavlo, the Charge d’Affaires for the Embassy of Ukraine in Thailand

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Author: Orel Pavlo