President Volodymyr Zelensky to speak from Ukraine at Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks in a virtual address during the 2022 TIME100 Gala in New York City.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks in a virtual address during the 2022 TIME100 Gala in New York City. (PHOTO: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME)

SINGAPORE — Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky will deliver a virtual address at the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore on Saturday (11 June).

Zelensky will be delivering his "special address" virtually at 4pm on Saturday, according to the summit agenda listed on the website of organiser International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

The 44-year-old has been making frequent virtual addresses to the world since the Russia-Ukraine war erupted on 24 February. Last month, for example, he spoke via virtual link-up at the World Economic Forum in Davos, calling for help to come to his country "as soon as possible".

On Tuesday, Zelensky said that Ukraine will fight to recover all its territory occupied by Russian forces, adding that a stalemate is "not an option".

This year’s Shangri-La Dialogue, to be held at Shangri-La Hotel from Friday to Sunday, will see 42 countries in attendance with 37 ministerial-level delegates and more than 30 senior defence officials. The resumption of the region's foremost security event comes after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will deliver this year’s keynote address on Friday, while Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen will speak at the the seventh plenary session on Sunday on the topic “New Ideas for Securing Regional Stability”.

Dr Ng will also host visiting ministers to roundtable discussions, and will conduct bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue.

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