TheVoiceOfJoyce The first anniversary has come and gone and we’re into day 1 of the next year. Zelensky’s country has fought valiantly and most analysts agree, another year will bring 100,000’s of casualties on both sides. Why continue? Putin can declare victory and no one will know, if he’s lied. China has a peace proposal, that both Putin and Zelensky agree to some terms. Xi Jinping to visit Kyiv and speak directly to Zelensky. The first Leopards are arriving in Ukraine. The Ukrainian counteroffensive must be successful, there have been too many atrocities to survive and much rebuilding. Time is not anyone’s friend, the faster the Ukrainian victory the better.

The first Polish Leopard tanks have arrived in Ukraine. Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, confirmed that four Leopard tanks had been delivered to Ukraine. “Poland and Europe stand by your side. We will definitely not leave you, we will support Ukraine until complete victory over Russia,” he said, standing alongside President Zelenskiy during his visit to Kyiv. He said Poland will provide more Leopard tanks soon, as well as a number of upgraded, Soviet-era T-72 tanks.

Sweden will send up to 10 Leopard tanks and anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine, the prime minister, Ulf Kristersson, and defence minister, Pål Jonson, said today. “The Swedish tanks reinforce the Leopard 2 contribution that other European countries make. Coordination of support is ongoing with international partners donating Leopard 2 or other tanks,” the government said.

President Zelenskiy has welcomed some elements of a Chinese proposal for a ceasefire in Russia’s war on Ukraine. China’s government called for peace talks while urging all parties to avoid nuclear escalation and end attacks on civilians, in a statement which appeared to maintain Beijing’s stance that the west was fuelling the conflict and which analysts dismissed as anodyne. “China has shown its thoughts. I believe that the fact that China started talking about Ukraine is not bad,” Zelenskiy said.

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