As Ukraine marks year of war, leader vows to secure victory

Ukraine’s leader is pledging to push for victory in 2023 as he and other Ukrainians marked the somber anniversary of the Russian invasion that upended their lives and Europe’s security. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Feb. 24, 2022 was Ukraine's “longest day” but the country’s dogged resistance a year on has proven that “every tomorrow is worth fighting for.” On a day of commemorations, reflection and tears, the Ukrainian president’s defiant tone captured the national mood of sorrow and resilience in the face of Europe’s biggest and deadliest war since World War II. Although China on Friday called for a cease-fire, peace was nowhere in sight.