The One Year Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion


Hannah Banning

The Ukrainian War rages on as it nears its one year anniversary. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th, 2022.

The war started because Ukraine used to be part of the U.S.S.R. Ukraine used to be the property of Russia. Until Russia declared independence on August 24th, 1991. Russia wants to claim their land back and take back their power.

The United States has been helping Ukraine throughout this whole ordeal by giving Ukraine tanks, over 1,600 anti-aircraft systems, and ammunition. Against the wishes of his secret service, on February 20th, 2023 President Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. 

In order to conceal his whereabouts, Biden took a ten hour train ride from the Polish border. President Biden spent five hours with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. Then headed back to the U.S.

Sources are speculating when it comes to the why of Biden’s visit to Ukraine. Most sources hypothesize that Biden went to Ukraine to show that the U.S. gives full support to Ukraine. When there was a poll for Americans on whether or not President Biden should keep helping the Ukraine in this war, 37% were in favor and 38% were opposed and 23% were saying neither. 

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, had something to say for the one year anniversary of the war. He states that the West (Ukraine) “started the war”. President Zelensky described the invasion as “the hardest day of our modern history,” also saying, “We woke up early and haven’t fallen asleep since.” As of 2023, there are 2,000 plus charities that seek to help Ukraine through this hard time. United24 was voted the best charity for helping Ukraine. This charity is a global initiative to support Ukraine launched on May 5, 2022 by the Ukrainian authorities By the one year mark of the war, more than 288 million had been raised, according to their website.

President Biden believes in helping  Ukraine until the end of the war, but as Russia’s connections with China are growing stronger, this was between two countries could become something bigger.