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Hello, this is Michelle. On Sunday, just before hundreds of global leaders congregate in Davos to discuss worldly challenges, the quiet alpine town will host informal talks on what sustainable peace could one day look like for Ukraine.

But as the two-year mark of Russia's full-scale invasion approaches, the reality on the battlefield and the geopolitical front starkly contrasts with Ukraine's aspirations.

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Michelle Langrand


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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a joint press conference with US President Joe Biden after their meeting at the White House in Washington, DC on 12 December 2023. (Keystone/Newscom/Yuri Gripas)

National security advisers are due to gather in Davos for another round of closed-door talks on Ukraine’s peace plan as the country tries to rally countries from the global South to its flank.

But as Ukrainian forces struggle to push Russia out of their territory and a fragmented west falters, the prospects of peace are as elusive as ever. Adding to that, the war in Gaza is not only hogging international attention but the west, accused of double standards, is standing on shaky moral high ground.

The meeting, which excludes Russia, will take place on the eve of the World Economic Forum’s big annual gathering, where Zelenskyy is also expected in the following days to promote his 10-point peace formula.

Launched in late 2022, the plan includes ensuring Ukraine can export its grains to the world’s poorest countries, restoring safety at the Zaporizhzhia and other nuclear plants, as well as returning war prisoners and Ukrainian children deported to Russia.

Among the more ambitious goals are the withdrawal of all Russian troops and cessation of hostilities, restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity (including Crimea) and creating a special tribunal to prosecute Russia’s war crimes.

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