The war has now been going on for a quarter of a year – and there is no end in sight. Selenskyj uses an appearance in Davos to make it clear that his country needs more help. The developments at a glance.
Three months after the start of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expects more difficult weeks for his country. Again he demands more weapons from the West so that Ukraine can defend itself.
Since the beginning of the war, the United Nations has registered more than 6.5 million people who have fled Ukraine – most of them to Poland. At least 3,930 civilian deaths have been documented, and the number of injuries confirmed by the UN is 4,532. The British secret service estimates that Russian casualties in Ukraine are already as high as those of the Soviets in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, peace negotiations are on hold. “The coming weeks of the war will be difficult,” said Zelenskyj in his evening video address. “Nevertheless, we have no alternative but to fight. Fight and win.” Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) meanwhile sees an oil embargo against Russia “within reach”.
Selenskyj demands more heavy weapons
President Zelenskyj is demanding modern anti-missile weapons and combat aircraft from the West. Many people “would not have died if we had received all the weapons we ask for,” he said in his video message. Since the beginning of the war, his country has been the target of 3,000 airstrikes and nearly 1,500 rocket attacks. The vast majority of attacks were aimed at civilian objects. All of Ukraine’s partners agree that his country’s fight against Russia serves to “protect the common values of all countries in the free world,” said Zelenskyy. That is why his country has a right to arms assistance.
Ukraine hopes for exchange of Mariupol fighters
According to Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian soldiers captured in the port city of Mariupol are to be exchanged for Russian soldiers with the support of other states. “We have to exchange them,” he said, according to the Ukrainian agency Interfax. All UN members should get involved.
In the Mariupol steelworks in southern Ukraine, the last of more than 2,400 Ukrainian fighters surrendered on Friday evening after weeks of siege. There are also calls from the Russian side to bring them to justice. In Ukraine, a first Russian soldier was sentenced to life imprisonment for war crimes on Monday. The verdict is not yet legally binding.
Ukraine reports civilians killed again
According to Ukrainian sources, three civilians were killed in Russian attacks in eastern Ukraine. Six other people were injured, the governor of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, wrote on Telegram.
Railway infrastructure is also said to have been destroyed in eastern Ukraine. Governor Valentyn Resnichenko said on his Telegram channel that four rocket hits in the Dnipropetrovsk region severely damaged tracks and overhead lines. In many regions of the country – especially in central Ukraine and in the east – there were air raids during the night.
Habeck: Oil embargo within reach
Federal Minister of Economics Habeck sees an oil embargo against Russia “within reach”. There are only a few states that are reporting problems – especially Hungary, said the Vice Chancellor in the ZDF “Heute Journal”. You can be considerate, but then “something has to happen” in Hungary too. The EU Commission has proposed to end imports of Russian crude oil in six months. As a compromise, she wants to give Hungary more time.
Lavrov: Russia should bet on Eurasia
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, sanctions and the West’s “dictatorial position” towards Russia are accelerating the development of his country’s economic relations with China. Moscow will only rely on itself and on those states that “have proven their reliability,” Lavrov said, according to the agencies Ria Novosti and TASS. Russia’s future lies in the Eurasia region. China, India and Iran are important partners here.
“Time” lists Zelenskyj among the 100 most influential people
Time Magazine named Zelenskyy one of the 100 most influential people of 2022. “In President Zelenskyy, the people of Ukraine have a leader worthy of their bravery and resilience, while citizens across the country… fight for their homes and freedom,” wrote US President Joe Biden. In the Russian war against his country, Zelenskyi “left his mark on history”. The commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, Valery Saluschnyj, also made it onto the list published on Monday, which also includes Putin.
That brings the day
The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) continues in Davos in the Swiss Alps. The war in Ukraine remains the most important topic. Among others, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg are expected to speak. The EU agriculture ministers in Brussels also want to discuss the situation in Ukraine.