Zelenskyy urges world to prevent wars, citing Ukraine crisis

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday urged the world to take action to prevent wars from happening, saying conflicts like the one Russia is waging against his country could take place anywhere.

“Today’s example from Ukraine is an example for the whole world,” Zelenskyy said in a virtual address at a high-level Asian security forum in Singapore, while calling on the community to “support any action related to preventive measures to prevent violence.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivers a speech online at the Asia Security Summit in Singapore, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, on June 11, 2022. (From the International Institute for Strategic Studies Twitter account) (Kyodo)

His remarks were in response to a delegate’s question referring to Japanese Prime Minister Kishida’s speech on Friday at the annual Asia Security Summit known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. Kishida had expressed a strong sense of concern that “the Ukraine of today could be East Asia tomorrow”.

Russia’s war on Ukraine has raised concerns about unilateral attempts to change the status quo, which could spill over into Asia amid growing military and economic influence from Beijing and tensions over democratic island Taiwan. self-managed that China considers its territory.

Zelenskyy said “no one benefits” from the war except “certain political leaders” with growing ambitions.

The war in Ukraine, which began in late February, claimed the lives of more than 8,000 civilians by the end of May and forced more than 7 million people to flee the country, according to United Nations data.

For the countries threatened, we must find diplomatic solutions so as not to leave them “at the mercy of another more powerful country” both in size and financially and militarily, declared the Ukrainian president in a speech.

While there are still no signs of the war abating, Zelenskyy warned of the global repercussions of the Russian blockade on Ukraine’s food exports, warning that there could be a “food crisis acute and severe famine” in many countries in Asia and Africa.

Christi C. Elwood