Zelensky welcomes US sanctions against Russia

2023-11-02 21:44:00

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has welcomed the new US sanctions package against Russia as “very powerful”. Important areas of the aggressor’s economy are now subject to punitive measures. “The power of sanctions is the strength of the world,” Zelensky said in his video message broadcast in Kiev on Thursday evening. It must be prevented that Moscow can circumvent the sanctions.

Russia, which began its war against Ukraine more than 20 months ago, has repeatedly described the sanctions as ineffective. The US has imposed new punitive measures against dozens of people, companies and entities supporting Russia in its war of aggression against Ukraine. The sanctions are aimed, among other things, at weakening the Russian energy and raw materials sector.

Zelenskyj once again appeared confident of victory. “I am convinced that Ukraine will definitely win,” he said. Ukrainian media, which generally do not criticize Zelensky, expressly emphasized that the president had not responded in his video message to the much-noticed statements by the Ukrainian commander-in-chief, Valeriy Zalushny, that the war of attrition had reached a dead end. Standstill on the battlefield would only help Russia make up for its army’s losses, Saluzhnyj had said.

Rather, Zelensky said that Russia was gradually losing control in the Black Sea and was retreating to the eastern regions. “We will reach them there too,” he said. Russia, on the other hand, repeatedly emphasizes that it has control in the waters and also flies patrols there with combat aircraft.

In his video message, Zelensky also informed about a conversation with EU Council President Charles Michel – according to which Ukraine is making progress towards joining the EU. The country has candidate status and expects accession negotiations to begin this year. “The decision will be significant, a very symbolic step that reflects how much Ukraine has achieved,” he said. The EU has not yet made a decision.

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