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King Charles on Saturday praised Ukraine’s “determination and strength” in the face of Russia’s “imperceptible aggression,” two years after the country’s invasion.

“The determination and strength of the Ukrainian people continue to inspire as the unprovoked attack on their land, their lives and their livelihoods enters a third tragic year,” the monarch wrote in an official statement.

He added: “Despite the tremendous hardship and pain inflicted upon them, Ukrainians continue to display the heroism with which the world so closely associates them. Theirs is true courage, in the face of unspeakable aggression.”

The king said he had “felt this personally” in meetings he has had with Ukrainians since the war began, including with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Oleksandra Zelenska and with Ukrainian army recruits training in the UK. .

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King Charles shakes hands with Zelenskyy

Last year, King Charles III invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Buckingham Palace. (Aaron Chown/Pool/AFP)

He continued: “I am very encouraged that the UK and our allies continue to be at the forefront of international efforts to support Ukraine at this time of so much suffering and need. My heart goes out to all those affected, as do the memory”. in my thoughts and prayers.”

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

The king’s unusually strong statement comes after the UK imposed more sanctions on Russia following the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The United States has also imposed more sanctions on the country.

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The British embassy in Washington, DC was illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

The British embassy in Washington, DC, was illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag on Saturday night to mark two years since the start of the war. (British Embassy, ​​Washington, DC)

The British embassy in Washington, DC also illuminated its building in the colors of the Ukrainian flag in a show of support on Saturday night.

Charles hosted Zelenskyy a year ago at Buckingham Palace when the Ukrainian president made a surprise visit to the UK, almost a year since the war began.

“We have all been worried about you and thinking about your country for so long, I can’t tell you,” the king said at the time.

In March last year, Prince William made a surprise visit to see British and Polish troops stationed on Poland’s border with Ukraine.

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“I am here because I want to personally thank the Polish and British troops who work in close and crucial collaboration,” the Prince of Wales said then. “I also want to pay tribute to the inspiring humanity of the Polish people. They have opened your hearts as much as your homes,” he added, regarding the willingness of the Polish people to accept Ukrainian refugees.

By Sam