Zelensky appeals for air defence, reconstruction support at Berlin conference

Ukraine and its allies drummed up support to shield Ukrainian cities from Russian missiles at a conference in Berlin on Tuesday and urged international businesses to put their faith, and billions of dollars, into post-war reconstruction.

Kyiv hopes the recovery conference will cement its credentials as a future member of the European Union worthy of huge injections of reconstruction financing - even as Russian forces continue to make slow advances in Ukraine's east.

Switzerland hosts a summit this weekend to seek a path to peace in Ukraine, but it has been shunned by China and dismissed as a waste of time by Russia, which was not invited.

Speaking alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia had already destroyed enough energy infrastructure to power the cities of Berlin and Munich combined.

He was hoping to secure pledges of billions of euros for defence and agreements on building a new and more modern energy system.


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