(KYIV, Ukraine) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on all Spanish companies to halt their dealings with Russia and call for tougher Western sanctions against Moscow, including a ban on Russian oil imports.
In a video statement to the Spanish parliament on Tuesday, Zelenskyy denounced Russian atrocities against civilians in Ukrainian cities, saying they were war crimes that Russian officials must face before an international tribunal.
Zelenskyy said “sanctions need to be really strong.”
“How can Russian banks be allowed to generate revenue, even if the Russian military tortures ordinary civilians to death in Ukrainian cities? How can European companies trade with the state that is deliberately destroying our country?” he asked.
In a moving speech, the parallel between Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities and Nazi planes in 1937 drew the bombing of the Basque town of Gernika during the Spanish Civil War.
Zelenskyy said that “the fate of the whole European project, the values that unite us all” is being decided in Ukraine and asked the Spanish parliamentarians to “do more to make Russia seek peace and force it to respect international law.”
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