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Switzerland: 'The time the Free World uses to think is used by the terrorist state to kill' - Zelensky in Davos02:04

Switzerland: 'The time the Free World uses to think is used by the terrorist state to kill' - Zelensky in Davos

Switzerland, Davos
January 18, 2023 at 19:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on his Western allies to act more quickly and more decisively in the conflict with Russia, during a video address to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday.

"The list of crises - global security, environmental, food security, energy, needs to be amended with another one. The time crisis," he warned. "The call for speed. The speed of decision-making, reaction of the civilised world, tragedies are out-pacing life, the tyranny is outpacing the democracy."

This week, Germany has been criticised by allies for delaying the approval of Leopard 2 tanks to Kiev, with key meetings scheduled for the end of the week. Moscow claims new weapons will only prolong the conflict and won’t change the outcome.

"Russia needed less than one second to start the war," continued Zelensky. "The world needed days to react with the first sanctions. The time the Free World uses to think is used by the terrorist state to kill," he told his audience.

Moscow launched the military offensive nearly a year ago, after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced it as an invasion. Zelensky imposed martial law, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.

During his Davos address, the Ukrainian president also called for a minute of silence following the helicopter crash near Kiev earlier in the day, which killed the country’s interior minister. According to the authorities, 14 people died, including a child, when it came down in Brovary.

Zelensky’s wife, Olena, addressed the meeting on Tuesday. The 53rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting takes place on January 16-20.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on his Western allies to act more quickly and more decisively in the conflict with Russia, during a video address to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday.

"The list of crises - global security, environmental, food security, energy, needs to be amended with another one. The time crisis," he warned. "The call for speed. The speed of decision-making, reaction of the civilised world, tragedies are out-pacing life, the tyranny is outpacing the democracy."

This week, Germany has been criticised by allies for delaying the approval of Leopard 2 tanks to Kiev, with key meetings scheduled for the end of the week. Moscow claims new weapons will only prolong the conflict and won’t change the outcome.

"Russia needed less than one second to start the war," continued Zelensky. "The world needed days to react with the first sanctions. The time the Free World uses to think is used by the terrorist state to kill," he told his audience.

Moscow launched the military offensive nearly a year ago, after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced it as an invasion. Zelensky imposed martial law, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.

During his Davos address, the Ukrainian president also called for a minute of silence following the helicopter crash near Kiev earlier in the day, which killed the country’s interior minister. According to the authorities, 14 people died, including a child, when it came down in Brovary.

Zelensky’s wife, Olena, addressed the meeting on Tuesday. The 53rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting takes place on January 16-20.