Superpower showdown: Biden and Putin in duelling Ukraine anniversary speeches

Duelling speeches for duelling world visions. Ahead of the first anniversary of Moscow's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin delivered a state of the nation address in Moscow, in which he accused a West bent on destroying Russia of holding Ukraine hostage. In Warsaw, Joe Biden was back in the same setting where the US president last year quipped of his Russian counterpart "for God's sakes, this man cannot remain in power". At the time, the White House rolled back those remarks. But was that and is that in fact the plan?

As for Putin, what are his options? He is still not calling it a war, but a fresh wave of mobilisation is expected. Will he ease up or double down? He told the Russian parliament of Moscow's suspension of its last remaining nuclear treaty with the United States. Is this more bluster or an ominous prelude to a much darker escalation?

Either way, there is no sign of peace breaking out any time soon. How do ordinary Ukrainians navigate this anniversary and the hard times that lie ahead?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Sara Ayach and Imen Mellaz.

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