Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday asked G20 leaders, gathered in Indonesia, to stop being divided and become “co-creators of peace” to end the “destructive” war waged by Russia, against which Western countries are trying to and increase the pressure, according to AFP and DPA. He also presented a 10-point plan to end the war launched by Vladimir Putin on February 24.
Returning from Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine that has just been recaptured by his army, Volodymyr Zelensky was one of the first leaders to address what he called the “G19” by video conference, excluding Russia. In the room were however, the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, is present, through which Vladimir Putin is represented.
“I am convinced that now is the moment when Russia’s destructive war must and can be stopped,” stated the Ukrainian president. It “must and can be stopped,” Zelensky said, stressing that “every day of delay means new dead Ukrainians, new threats to the world and an insane increase in losses due to continued Russian aggression – losses for the entire world.”
He detailed his plan to restore peace and “save thousands of lives”: not to trust Russia, to tolerate “no excuse for nuclear blackmail” in the face of Moscow’s “insane threats” and to realize a total exchange of prisoners.
Zelensky’s 10-point plan to end the war
1) Nuclear security – Russia must immediately withdraw its troops from the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which should be placed under the control of the IAEA and Ukrainian personnel;
2) Food security: Extending the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain and expanding it so that ships with food can also depart from the ports of Nikolaev and Olvia. Also, Ukraine requests all countries to join the initiative Grain From Ukraine – food assistance for the poorest. The first Nord Vind ship is to leave for Ethiopia with 27,000 tons of wheat;
3) Energy security. Zelensky called for speeding up the supply of anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems so that Ukraine can defend itself against new Russian attacks on its energy infrastructure. Kiev proposes sending a UN mission to inspect Ukraine’s critical energy infrastructure to assess damage and reconstruction needs and prevent further destruction. Volodymyr Zelenski also demanded a price cap on Russian energy resources.
4) The release of all prisoners and those deported to Russia. Ukraine proposes the release of prisoners according to the formula “all for all”;
5) Implementing the UN Charter and restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the world order;
6) Withdrawal of Russian troops and cessation of hostilities. Russia must withdraw all its troops and armed formations from the territory of Ukraine, and Kiev must be able to take control over all sections of its state border with the Russian Federation.
7) Justice. The whole world must recognize a special tribunal established for the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine and the creation of an international mechanism to compensate all the losses caused by the war;
8) Ecocide, the need for immediate protection of nature. Ukraine needs aid for demining, funds and technologies to restore water treatment facilities;
9) Escalation prevention. Ukraine needs security guarantees, their Kyiv Security Compact project has already been presented by Kyiv.
10) Establishing the end of the war. “When all anti-war measures are implemented, when security and justice begin to be restored, the parties must sign a document that establishes the end of the war,” Zelenski said.