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In an address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to Western nations to intensify sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin and enhance support for Kyiv.
Zelenskyy warned that delays and apprehensions in aiding Ukraine could extend the conflict for years, with costly human implications. He emphasized the urgent necessity for a united and robust Western response to thwart Moscow’s war ambitions.
Zelenskyy highlighted the “existential threat” posed by Putin, stating, “In fact, Putin embodies war. … He will not change. … We must change. We all must change to the extent that the madness that resides in this man’s head or any other aggressor’s head will not prevail.” He rejected the idea of a frozen conflict, labeling Putin as a predator unsatisfied with “frozen products.”
EU and NATO leaders at the forum resonated with Zelenskyy’s calls. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen highlighted Ukraine’s need for sustained financial and military support. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg described the support for Ukraine as an investment in collective security, emphasizing the necessity of standing firm with Kyiv.
Zelenskyy expressed optimism about receiving financial support from the EU and anticipated aid approval from the US. He concluded by stressing the broader implications of “Russian aggression,” stating, “If anyone thinks this is only about Ukraine, they’re fundamentally mistaken.”
Amid this, Putin claimed Russian dominance in the war, dismissing Ukraine’s counteroffensive as unsuccessful and threatening Ukraine’s statehood. He also ruled out peace talks, citing Ukraine’s unrealistic peace terms.