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Two years of Russia's war in Ukraine: live updates

12:12 a.m. ET, February 24, 2024

World leaders urge continued support for Ukraine

By CNN's Louise McLoughlin, Radina Gegova, Lauren Kent and Maria Knight

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock speaks at the special session of the UN Security Council on maintaining peace and security in Ukraine on February 23 in New York.

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As Russia's war in Ukraine approaches its second anniversary, world leaders continue to call for support and assistance in Ukraine.

Here's what officials around the world are saying:

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock He said that stopping support for Ukraine “is not an option for us in Europe,” and that it would be “the best thing we can do for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin.” This is why continued military support, especially from the United States, is necessary, Baerbock said.

“We have learned, unfortunately, over two years, that this is not just a war against Ukraine, this is a war against the European peace order. It is a war against the UN Charter. So the Ukrainians are fighting this war on our behalf,” he added.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak He said the free world must renew its resolve to stand behind Ukraine.

When Putin launched his illegal invasion two years ago, the free world was united in response. We stood behind Ukraine together. “On this grim anniversary, we must renew our resolve,” Sunak said, according to a statement issued late Friday.

Laurent Bailey, French Ambassador to the United States He said that when European Union countries help Ukraine, they help themselves, and the same applies to the United States. He added that “the clock is ticking” to deliver aid to Kiev.

“What is at stake right now is really about the legacy of the greatest generations, and the world we live in, 75 years of peace thanks to NATO,” he said, adding that now is a “defining moment.” To help Ukraine.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Canada issued a statement on Friday calling Canada's support for Ukraine “unwavering and unequivocal.”

According to Trudeau, Canada has imposed “more than 2,400 sanctions” on Russia since the beginning of the invasion, and is working with international partners “to secure long-term security commitments for Ukraine and ensure the safe return of Ukrainian children kidnapped by Russia.” “.

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