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The Battles Ukraine Has Already Won

From the struggle to be seen as part of Europe to the fight for internal unity, Ukraine has already secured important victories since Russia’s full-scale invasion last year. These successes make Ukraine’s ultimate triumph over the invaders far more likely.

KYIV – Nearly two years after Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the war’s end seems nowhere in sight. Nonetheless, Ukraine has already won numerous important battles, many of which we began fighting long before Russia’s latest assault on our country. These victories will, I am certain, help to ensure our final victory in this vile and violent war.

Ever since we regained our independence in 1991, Ukrainians have struggled to be seen as part of Europe. Today, however, no one thinks of Ukraine as some no man’s land linking Russia and the West. And only the most delusional of Russians still imagines that Ukrainians will ever again see their country as part of some “Russkiy mir” (Russian world) – a fever dream of Vladimir Putin that apparently contributed to his decision to launch a war of aggression against us.

Instead, it is now clear to the entire world that Ukraine is in the West and of the West – as European as France, Italy, Germany, or anyone else. Our core values are Western values: liberty, democracy, and the rule of law. And our membership in the premier European and Western institutions – the European Union and NATO – await only our inevitable triumph over the Russian invaders.