While Russia says its invasion of Ukraine has entered a new phase, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reiterated his call for peace talks with Russia to end the war. Zelenskyy has called on energy-rich countries to increase their output to prevent Moscow from using its oil and gas supplies to “blackmail” other nations. Zelenskyy 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. Zelenskyy made the comments during a surprise video appearance at the Doha Forum in Qatar, a leading exporter of natural gas. He told the international conference that no country was safeguarded from the shocks triggered by disruptions to food supply as a result of Russia’s invasion. “They are destroying our ports,” Zelenskyy said. “The absence of exports from Ukraine will deal a blow to countries worldwide.” “The future of Europe rests with your efforts,” he added.
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