World Economic Forum Opens Ukraine House Davos at Elite Summit in Switzerland
Zelensky is due to hold a videoconference with delegates
Russian forces pursued their bombardment of Ukrainian cities on Sunday as they sought military momentum while Kyiv’s diplomatic counter-offensive targeted the world’s globalist elite during Klaus Schwab's WEF event in Davos.
As missile strikes hit Kharkiv in the north, Ukraine’s parliament voted on Sunday to extend martial law for a further three months through to August 23.
Kyiv is rallying international support and receiving Western weapons supplies, even if EU powers are struggling to agree on expanding sanctions on Russia’s huge energy exports.
As Breitbart reported:
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda addressed the Ukrainian parliament and met President Volodymyr Zelensky, a day ahead of the Ukrainian leader’s Davos videoconference.
“After Bucha, Borodianka, Mariupol, there cannot be business as usual with Russia,” Duda told Ukrainian MPs, citing towns and cities where Russian forces have been accused of atrocities against civilians.
“An honest world cannot return to business as usual while forgetting the crimes, the aggression, the fundamental rights that have been trampled on,” he added.
The World Economic Forum brings together the world’s business and political elite in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos, and this year’s gathering will put Ukraine’s crisis centre stage.
Zelensky is due to hold a videoconference with delegates Monday evening to mark the opening of Ukraine House Davos, a forum for Kyiv and its international backers.
avos organizers cut ties with Russian firms and officials and announced that anyone under international sanctions would not be welcome at the event.
Western nations have rallied behind Ukraine’s defence of its territories, led by the United States ,which just approved a $40-billion war chest for Kyiv - and neighbors such as Poland.
But some European countries that are dependent on Russian oil supplies, including Hungary, are resisting calls for an embargo on crude — and major EU economic powers like Germany remain massive gas importers.
Duda stressed that Poland and Ukraine have a “common future within the European Union” and warned against some European countries attempting to compromise with Russia or take decisions “behind Ukraine’s back.”
But some EU members are reticent about Kyiv’s ambitions to join the bloc.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron has suggested creating a “European political community” as a kind of antechamber to full membership.
Zelensky has dismissed this idea.
“We don’t need such compromises,” he said Saturday during a news conference with visiting Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa.
“Because, believe me, it will not be compromised with Ukraine in Europe, it will be another compromise between Europe and Russia.”
After just over 12 weeks of fierce fighting, Ukrainian forces have halted Russian attempts to seize Kyiv and the northern city of Kharkiv, but they are under intense pressure in the eastern Donbas region.
Moscow’s army has flattened and seized the Black Sea port of Mariupol and subjected Ukrainian troops and towns in the east to relentless ground and artillery attacks.
“There is no work, no food, no water,” said Angela Kopytsa, 52, breaking down into tears as she spoke to AFP reporters on a Russian-organised tour of Mariupol.
Kopytsa said both her home and life had been destroyed during the fighting in the port and that “children at maternity wards were dying of hunger.”
The once-bustling Azov Sea port city has been without electricity since early March and has now been reduced to a wasteland, the carcasses of charred buildings standing amid the lush greenery of tree-lined streets and parks.
The incessant fighting of the previous weeks has died down, and the Russian army and its separatist allies now patrol the streets.
Elena Ilyina, who used to teach at a university in Mariupol, sobbed as she told AFP about her life, saying her apartment had been destroyed and she now lives with her daughter.
“I have nothing left,” the 55-year-old said.
“I’d like to live in my apartment, in peace, go to work and talk to my children.”