Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday, marking Father’s Day, thanked all the “strong and brave” soldiers fighting the Russian invasion, hoping they could all return from the front one day.
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“Thank you to every Ukrainian father and every Ukrainian family for your strong and brave soldiers who defended Ukraine’s independence and fought for Ukraine’s life!” Zelensky said on social media.
He posted a video made by United24, a fundraising platform he created, showing Ukrainian soldiers returning home and hugging children.
“I hope that your fathers have a long and healthy life. And that every father who is on the front lines can go home,” added Mr. Zelensky.
Russia launched an invasion of neighboring Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Western estimates put the number of dead and wounded at about 150,000 on both sides.