Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has in a live interview listed what he thinks will be a strategy for Ukraine to win the on-going war against their opponent, Russia.
Speaking live at the Davos summit Monday, May 23, he asked participants of the business summit to give more weapons and “maximum” sanctions against Russia, lamenting that tens of thousands of lives and properties would have been saved had countries acted faster.
Zelensky made the headline speech in the first World Economic Forum to be held in the Swiss Alps in more than two years after the Covid pandemic derailed the event.
The conflict shows “that support to the country under attack is more valuable the sooner it is provided: weapons, funding, political support and sanctions against Russia,” said Zelensky, who received a standing ovation.
He said that if Kyiv had received “100 percent of our needs at once back in February, the result would have been tens of thousands of lives saved”. He said “This is why Ukraine needs all the weapons that we ask for, not just the ones that have been provided,” adding that about 87 people died in a May 17 strike by Russia on a military base in northern Ukraine.
The president called for an oil embargo on Russia, punitive measures against all its banks and the shunning of its IT sector, adding that all foreign companies should leave the country.
“There should not be any trade with Russia,” he told the gathering. “I believe there are still no such sanctions against Russia — and there should be.”
Anastasia Radina, a Ukrainian lawmaker, said that her country needs “NATO-style” weapons, including tanks and ground-based air defence systems. “What we are looking for most importantly are fighter jets and this has been the most difficult discussion,” she said.
“Three months into the war, and tens of thousands lives lost, we are still at the point of discussing if we need fighter jets. Frankly speaking this is outrageous.”Ukraine is receiving howitzers “but that is not yet enough”, she said.
While the United States, Britain and Canada have moved to ban Russian oil and gas, the European Union has been divided over imposing such a ban.
More than 50 heads of state or government are among the 2,500 delegates at the World Economic Forum under the title “History at a Turning Point”.