The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskycalled for more sanctions and pressure against RussiaIn addition, he warned that the war in his country is the door of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin “to enter Europe“.
“You only have to stop one person for millions to survive,” Zelensky said.
In a speech before the Italian Parliament Volodymyr Zelensky said: “The invasion has been going on for 27 days, a month, and we need other sanctions and other pressures so that Russia cannot be supplied with military reserves in Libya or Syria and for peace to return”.
The Ukrainian president warned that the goal of Russia is “influencing Europe” and “destroy their values, their democracy and their human rights”, before adding: “Ukraine is the door for the Russian Army because they want to enter Europe“.
Volodymyr Zelensky he began his speech by talking about the conversation he had with the pope Franciscoto whom he told that “the people have become the Army” of Ukraine to defend the country “from the evil, destruction and bloodshed that the enemy is causing”.
He recalled that there are already 117 children killed since the war began, that there are thousands of wounded, tens of thousands of homeless families, hundreds of thousands whose homes have been destroyed and millions of people who have had to leave their homes “for a war that only one person has started”, in reference to Vladimir Putinwhom he did not mention.
Volodymyr Zelensky explained that the port city of Mariupol has been razed to the ground and compared it to Genoa, asking parliamentarians to imagine that Italian city, with its important port, totally destroyed and from where its inhabitants escaped on foot or by bus.
He also compared kyiv, “a capital from which the culture of a great people is born” with Rome, and assured that in the Ukrainian capital they are “at the limit of survival.”
“In the cities near kyiv there are Russian troops who torture, rape and kidnap children and take our goods with their trucks,” he denounced.
He warned that the Russian army has mined the coasts, which “represents a danger to all nearby countries” and recalled that thanks to the export of gas and oil, the war has been financed for the last ten years.
Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that the consequences of the war are already being felt in other parts of the world and that many are beginning to go hungry because Ukraine he was a great exporter: “How can we plant under Russian artillery, which is destroying our fields? We cannot export corn, oil, wheat and all these necessary products. Prices are rising and many people are going to need help.”
He asked Italy to close its doors to all those who make propaganda “and who chose this country for their vacations”, to continue seizing their accounts, yachts, real estate and assets, and that “no exception is allowed for any Russian bank”.
He also thanked Italy for welcoming the more than 70,000 Ukrainians who have come to the country fleeing the war, including 25,000 children, and the hospitals that are taking care of the wounded.