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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video released overnight Wednesday that the latest round of Western sanctions against Moscow did not go far enough, and he renewed his calls for “a complete blockade” of Russian banks and oil .
“This package looks spectacular, but that’s not enough,” Zelensky said in his evening speech.
The sanctions, issued by the United States and European countries, came in response to footage of the massacre in the kyiv suburb of Bucha, where hundreds of people were killed, some with their hands tied behind their backs, and buried in mass graves or left in the streets. .
But the new measures, Zelensky said, “can hardly be called proportionate to the harm the world saw in Bucha, the continuing harm in Mariupol, the bombardment of Kharkiv, Russia’s attempt to launch a new offensive bloody world in the Donbass. .”
Zelensky said the US decision to block Russia from using money held in US banks to pay its debts was a “tangible” step.
“I’m grateful to you for that,” he said. “But there is still much to be done to stop the war.”
He called on other leaders to supply Ukraine with more weapons and criticized those who were reluctant to impose a comprehensive ban on Russian energy exports, a position he said was costing more Ukrainian lives every day.
“It is the export of oil that is one of the foundations of Russian aggression,” Zelensky said.