King Charles praises Ukraine’s ‘determination,’ denounces Russia’s ‘indescribable aggression’ 2 years into war

Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022

Ukraine marks two-years since Russian invasion

Fox News’ Greg Palkot reports on how Ukraine is remembering the two-year anniversary of the Russian invasion which marked the start of the ongoing war.

King Charles on Saturday praised Ukraine’s "determination and strength" in the face of Russia’s "indiscernible aggression" while marking two years since the country was invaded. 

"The determination and strength of the Ukrainian people continues to inspire as the unprovoked attack on their land, their lives and 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 show the heroism with which the world associates them so closely. Theirs is true valour, in the face of indescribable aggression." 

The king said he had "felt this personally" in meetings he’s had with Ukrainians since the war started, including with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Oleksandra Zelenska and Ukrainian army recruits training in the United Kingdom. 


King Charles shaking Zelenskyy's hand

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

He continued, "I continue to be greatly encouraged that the United Kingdom and our allies remain at the forefront of international efforts to support Ukraine at this time of such great suffering and need. My heart goes out to all those affected, as I remember them in my thoughts and prayers."

Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022.

The king’s unusually strong statement comes after the U.K. hit Russia with more sanctions following the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The U.S. has also levied more sanctions on the country. 


The British Embassy in Washington, D.C. lit up in the colors of the Ukrainian flag

The British Embassy in Washington, D.C., was lit up in the colors of the Ukrainian flag Saturday evening to mark two years since the start of the war. (British Embassy, Washington, D.C.)

The British Embassy in Washington, D.C. also lit up 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 U.K., nearly one year since the war started. 

"We've 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 of last year, Prince William made a surprise visit to see British and Polish troops stationed on Poland’s border with Ukraine.

"I’m here because I want to personally thank the Polish and British troops working in close and crucial partnership," the Prince of Wales said at the time." I also want to pay tribute to the inspiring humanity of the Polish people. You have opened your hearts as much as your homes," he added, of the Polish people’s willingness to accept Ukrainian refugees. 

Authored by Brie Stimson via FoxNews February 24th 2024