Ukraine's president made a video appearance today at Doha Forum, calling on nations to boost their production to counteract the loss of Russian energy supplies.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the United Nations and world powers to come to his aid, as he has in a series of other addresses given around the world since the start of the war on February 24. He compared Russia’s destruction of the port city of Mariupol to the Syrian and Russian destruction wrought on the city of Aleppo in the Syrian war.
"They are destroying our ports,” Zelenskyy said. "The absence of exports from Ukraine will deal a blow to countries worldwide.”
The loss of Ukrainian wheat already has worried Mideast nations like Egypt, which relies on those exports.
He criticized Russia for what he described as threatening the world with its nuclear weapons, raising the possibility of tactical nuclear weapons being used on the battlefield.
"Russia is deliberating bragging they can destroy with nuclear weapons, not only a certain country but the entire planet,” Zelenskyy said.
He also noted that Muslims in Ukraine would have to fight during the upcoming holy fasting month of Ramadan.
"We have to ensure this sacred month of Ramadan is not overshadowed by the misery of people in Ukraine,” he said.
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