KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine is marking one year since Russia launched a full-scale attack that violently ended decades of relative stability in Europe.
The ripple effects of the invasion, which started in the early hours of Feb. 24, 2022, upended energy markets, increased global hunger and reinvigorated the NATO military alliance.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has framed the conflict as a morally charged battle between autocracy and freedom, pledging that Ukrainian forces will fight on with the help of billions of dollars worth of Western arms. His Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, likewise clings to his overarching goal of cementing Russian power over significant parts of Ukraine. As each side gears up for fighting in the spring, there is little prospect that the bloodshed will end.