Conflicts & War

Zelenskyy urges swift int’l action to ‘outpace’ Russian attacks

Davos, Switzerland, Jan 18 (EFE).- Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday called on Western political leaders to step up deliveries of weapons and to act decisively to help his country defend itself against Russia.

Zelenskyy made the remarks during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he led a minute of silence for the victims of a helicopter crash on Wednesday morning, which killed at least 14 people, including the Minister of Internal Affairs, Denys Monastyrskyi.

“Mobilization of the world must outpace the next military mobilization of our joint enemy,” Zelenskyy said via video link from Kyiv.

Zelenskyy thanked the audience for observing the minute’s silence for those killed in the crash, and for all the Ukrainians have been killed in the war, and compared that time to the “three minutes (on January 14) it took for a Russian missile to travel hundreds of kilometers, hit a residential block in Dnipro, and kill at least 45 people.”

That attack illustrated why he was again insisting that the world must react “decisively and quickly” to Moscow’s actions, as Russian president Vladimir Putin, Zelenskyy said, had not hesitated in taking the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 or in attacking Ukraine in 2022.

“Supplying Ukraine with air defense systems must outpace Russia’s next missile attacks. The supplies of Western tanks must outpace another invasion of Russian tanks,” Zelenskyy said.

“The restoration of security and peace in Ukraine must outpace Russia’s attacks on security and peace in other countries. A tribunal for military crimes must prevent new ones,” he added. EFE


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