Zelensky seeks support for security summit at Singapore meeting

SINGAPORE — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Sunday that 106 countries and organizations have agreed to participate in a summit in Switzerland in mid-June, aimed at fostering peace in Ukraine. He accused Russia of attempting to disrupt these peace efforts.

Zelensky made the remarks on the final day of the Shangri-La Dialogue, a prominent security conference in Singapore attended by heads of state, senior ministers, and officials from 55 countries.

Expressing gratitude for military assistance from the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, Zelensky highlighted the crucial role of air defense systems in countering Russian missile attacks. He noted a recent Russian assault involving nearly 100 missiles, emphasizing that no country could manage such attacks alone.

On the sidelines of the conference, Zelensky and his defense minister, Rustem Umerov, held an hour-long meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin before Zelensky’s speech.

Ukraine is currently facing intensified assaults from Russian forces, particularly around the northeastern city of Kharkiv. The United States recently eased restrictions on the use of U.S.-supplied weapons to strike targets in Russia, a move experts believe will help Ukraine counter attacks before they gain momentum.