Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Tuesday in an online speech before the Danish Parliament to intensify sanctions against Russia for the war conflict with his country.
“We must tighten sanctions, we must say no to their oil as quickly as possible, confiscate their assets. We must force Russia to seek peace,” he said.
Zelensky denounced what he considered a “brutality” not seen in Europe since World War II and accused Russia of aiming to destroy “any basis for the Ukrainian population to have a normal life in the future.”
The Ukrainian leader pointed out that more than 90 % of the city of Mariupol has been destroyed by shelling and denounced what he considered “crimes against humanity”, which are taking place “in front of the eyes of the whole world”.
“Why doesn’t the world intervene, why haven’t these crimes been stopped?” Zelensky wondered.
Zelenski accused Russia of launching “thousands of deadly missiles” against Ukraine and denounced today’s Russian attack on the town of Mikolaiv, in which at least 7 people were killed.
There are already ten million internally displaced persons in Ukraine, while some 4 million people have left the country, Zelensky lamented.
The president also thanked Denmark and other countries for their “solidarity,” while denouncing that there are “forces within the European Union” that want to undermine efforts to isolate Russia.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, Volodymyr Zelensky has spoken before the parliaments of countries such as the United States, Canada, Israel, France, Italy, and Sweden, as well as in other forums such as NATO.