The Big Picture

Vincent Boland: Defiance of Ukrainians is inspirational, but defeat of Putin will take time

Putin’s war involves the wholesale destruction of the very region he craves to call his own. But the Russian economy is about to shrink dramatically and its people have no idea of the catastrophe creeping up on them

Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine: ‘What is the end of the war for us? We used to say peace. Now we say victory.’ Picture: Getty

One of the extraordinary things about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is that those who are most optimistic about how it will turn out are those who are suffering the most – the people of Ukraine.

Despite the death and destruction inflicted on them by their ignorant, poorly led and demoralised invaders, the defiance and optimism of the Ukrainians continues to inspire.

At Wednesday’s celebration of Independence Day in Kyiv, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky asserted that ...