Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska criticises world leaders at Davos: ‘Insult to mankind to have mass starvation’ | World News

Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelsnak has called for increased international efforts to counter Russian aggression, saying mass starvation is an “insult to humanity”.

As the first anniversary of The Ukraine War Mrs Zelenska told the World Economic Forum in Davos that Ukrainian parents were crying as doctors tried to save their children and farmers were afraid to return to their landmine-strewn fields.

With the war responsible for spreading inflation and food insecurity in developing countries, Mrs Zelenska called “mass starvation an affront to humanity and human nature”.

Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday, January 17, 2023.  The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is being held in Davos from January 16 to January 20, 2023.  (AP Photo/Marcus Schreiber)
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Olena Zelenska called for global action against Russian aggression in Ukraine. Photo: AP

Referring to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, he said: “We don’t want children in the world to be forced to learn how to protect themselves from radiation sickness.”

He condemned government leaders, corporate executives, economists, scientists and journalists for not always using their influence sufficiently or “using it in a way that is even more divisive”.

His main message was “Unity is what brings back peace”.

This speech came a few days later A Russian missile hit an apartment building in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro, killing 45 people. In one of the deadliest attacks in months.

He told CNN through a translator on Sunday: “We believe that after continuing to operate for a year, we are able to persevere even longer”.

Olena Zelenska told the World Economic Forum in Davos that starvation caused by another country's aggression is not acceptable in the 21st century.
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Mrs Zelenska was determined to get more support from influential figures at the conference. Photo: AP

His address was among many at the 52nd annual special gathering of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

Other speakers included actor Idris Elba, European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.

Actor Idris Elba attends a session of the World Economic Forum on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 in Davos, Switzerland.  The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is being held in Davos from January 16 to January 20, 2023.  (AP Photo Marcus Schreiber)
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Actor Idris Elba was one of the notable attendees. Photo: AP

According to the WEF website, the forum “provides a platform to engage in constructive, forward-looking dialogue and help find solutions through public-private collaboration”.

Diverse agenda topics linked to the war in Ukraine include the energy and food crisis, inflation, technology for innovation, social vulnerabilities and geopolitical risks.

Other issues of discussion range from gender equality, the resurgence of manufacturing, and efforts to eradicate tuberculosis.

People attend a climate protest rally of the Swiss party 'Josso'.  and the organization 'Strike WEF' at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Sunday, January 15, 2023.  The meeting in Davos brought together entrepreneurs, scientists, corporate and political leaders
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Demonstrators rally in Davos. Photo: AP

In Davos Square, demonstrators led by the Swiss party ‘Josso’ and the organization ‘Strike WEF’ called for a tax on the rich and called for climate justice.

In 2019, Greta Thunberg urged world leaders to act on climate change, telling them that “our house is on fire”. She returned to the stage a year later, criticizing leaders for doing “basically nothing” to reduce carbon emissions. Confront Donald Trump.



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