Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video released overnight Wednesday that the latest round of Western sanctions against Moscow does not go far enough, and he renewed his calls for “a complete blockade” of Russian banks and oil.
“This package has a spectacular look, but this is not enough,” Zelensky said in his nightly address.
The sanctions, issued by the United States and European countries, came in response to images of the murdered mass in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, where hundreds were tied, some with their hands behind their backs, and buried in graves or left on the streets .
But the new measures, Zelensky said, “can hardly be called commensurate with the evil that the world saw in Bucha, with the evil that continues in Mariupol, in the shelling of Kharkiv, in Russia’s attempt to launch a new global bloody offensive in Donbas .”
Zelensky said the US move to block Russia from using money held in American banks to pay debts was a “tangible” step.
“I’m grateful for that,” he said. “But much more needs to be done to stop the war.”
He called on other leaders to provide Ukraine with more weapons and criticized those who have been reluctant to impose a complete ban on Russian energy exports, a stance he said was costing more Ukrainian lives each day.
“It is the export of oil that is one of the foundations of Russia’s aggression,” Zelensky said.
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