The supplying of Ukraine with air defence systems must outpace Russia's next missile attacks, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said in a speech to participants of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
"Russia needed less than one second to start the war. The world needed days to react with first sanctions. The time the free world uses to think is used by the terrorist state to kill," he said.
The world was hesitant in 2014 when Russia without hesitation occupied Crimea. The world was hesitant in 2022 when Russia without hesitation made the war full-scale. The world must not hesitate today and ever, he argued.
"The supplying of Ukraine with air defense systems must outpace Russia’s next missile attacks. The supplies of Western tanks must outpace another invasion of Russian tanks. The restoration of security and peace in Ukraine must outpace Russia’s attack on security and peace in other countries. A tribunal for military crimes must prevent new ones," he pointed out.
Ukrainians routinely defend values which "some of the allies take for granted – as a fact of life".
"For us, the fact of life is the world in need of resolute and prompt steps," he added.