President Biden is scheduled to meet with leaders of a group of Eastern NATO nations concerned by Russian aggression on Wednesday, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the suspension of the two countries’ last nuclear deal. The gap between them is widening in fighting talk.
Speaking outside Poland’s Royal Castle to mark the first anniversary of the war, Biden warned that global democracy was at risk. “When Russia Invaded, it was not only Ukraine that was tested. The whole world has faced a test for the ages,” he said, adding: “The questions we face are as simple as they are profound: Will we respond or look the other way?”
Here’s the latest news on the war and its impact around the world.
A year in the trenches has hardened Ukraine’s president: President Volodymyr Zelensky once came to office thinking he could make peace with Putin, but a year ago this week, he was found holed up in a safe room in Kiev — the start of a series of experiences that have made him world-famous. Hard-bitten wartime leader, Paul Sohn and David L. Stern Report.
“Of course, we have all changed, including the president,” said Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian presidential office. “The trials that mark his tenure – they cannot change a person. Has he hardened? Of course, he has. Has he become stronger? In my view, he has always been stronger.