New sanctions needed constantly until Russian military machine stops: Ukraine President to US Congress lawmakers

Kyiv: 

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday asked the United States to “do more” during what is “the darkest time” for Ukraine. The president was virtually addressing US Congress lawmakers on the 21st day on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“In the darkest time for our country, for the whole Europe, I call on you to do more. New packages of sanctions are needed, constantly, every week until the Russian military machine stops. Restrictions are needed for everyone on whom this unjust regime is based,” Zelenskyy said. 

The Ukrainian President said the US should sanction all Russian politicians “who remain in their offices and do not cut ties with those who are against Ukraine.”

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“All American companies must leave Russia from their market, leave their market immediately, because it is flooded with our blood. Ladies and gentlemen, members of Congress, please take the lead, if you have companies in your districts who finance the Russian military machine leaving business in Russia, you should put pressure. I’m asking to make sure that the Russians do not receive a single penny that they use to destroy people in Ukraine,” Zelenskyy added. 

The Ukrainian President also emphasised that there needs to be “new institutions, new alliances” to stop the war.

“We propose to create an association … a union of responsible countries that have the strength and consciousness to stop conflicts immediately, provide all the necessary assistance in 24 hours, if necessary, even weapons, if necessary, sanctions, humanitarian support, political support, finances, everything you need to keep the peace and quickly save the world, to save lives,” Zelenskyy said.

Zelenskyy on Wednesday received standing ovation both at start and culmination of his virtual address to bipartisan members of the US House and Senate.

(Inputs from agencies)

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