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Stunning before-and-after pictures show war-torn Ukraine returning to normality

Amazing before-and-after pictures show how Ukraine is fighting off the Russian invasion and starting to return to normal.

When Ukraine was invaded by Mad Vlad’s army a year ago today (FRI) it took over large swathes of the east of the country.

In the first weeks of the war it launched multiple missile attacks on the country’s capital Kyiv but Mad Vlad’s plan to take over the city stalled as the brave Ukrainians fought back.

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Ukraine has since managed to hold off Russian attacks with the help of Western weapons supplies.

It also regained some of its territory in a counter offensive in November.

Western officials fear Russia has planned a fresh offensive to capture new territory ahead of today’s anniversary, using hundreds of thousands of reservists.

But today (Thursday, February 23), Ukraine said its army had repelled Russian assaults along the length of the front line.

Ukraine’s leader President Volodymyr Zelensky mourned those killed in the last 12 months.

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In a Telegram post he said: “They remind us of the path we have gone [on] from February to February.

"We have overcome many ordeals and we will prevail. We will hold to account all those who brought this evil, this war to our land. All the terror, all the killings, all the torture, all the looting."

It comes as shops in war-torn Ukraine are packed with fresh food while bare-shelved British supermarkets have introduced rationing.

The UK Government is blaming bad weather in chief growing zone Spain for a shortage of tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.

Tesco, Asda, Aldi and Morrisons have started limiting the number customers can purchase.

But 2,000 miles away in the city of Kherson, Ukraine, shelves are packed with luscious’ fruit and veg – despite a daily bombardment from Russian shells.

Channel 4 international editor Lindsey Hilsum tweeted a photo showing a store display filled with a variety of tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.

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She messaged: "No tomato shortage here – but I'm in Kherson, a frontline Ukrainian city that gets shelled by the Russians daily, not a British supermarket."

One follower replied: "And look at the quality of it! We never seem to get such luscious looking fruit and veg in this country!!"

Another urged Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to end the grub crisis. "Even worn torn Ukraine don’t have a shortage of tomatoes, sort it out Rishi," they wrote.

"Unbelievable and almost satirical," added one more.

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