Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has praised the good relations with neighboring Poland and wants to “remove the pressure of the past” from relations with all neighbors “who respect us and are not occupying our state”. In his video message on Monday night, he described relations with Poland as a “historic achievement” without “old conflict legacy”.

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda became the first foreign head of state to speak in the Ukrainian parliament on Sunday since the Russian invasion began at the end of February and spoke of the intention to conclude a Polish-Ukrainian friendship agreement.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to meet Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko this Monday in Sochi to talk about cooperation between the two countries and a Union state that is currently being built.

The situation at a glance:

In an open letter, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the courage and strength of Ukrainian children during the war. They should be proud of their country, their parents, families and soldiers, but above all of themselves. “Many of you have seen or experienced things that no child should experience. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian children teach us every day what it means to be strong and dignified, to hold your head up even in the hardest of times,” the letter said. You would have millions of friends worldwide.

That brings the day: In Ukraine, the verdict is expected in the first war crimes trial against a 21-year-old Russian soldier. He had testified that he had shot dead a civilian in the Sumy region.

The annual conference of the World Economic Forum (WEF) begins in Davos. The opening speech is given by Selenskyj, who is connected digitally. In the morning, Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) will talk about how Germany wants to become less dependent on Russian energy.