Zelenskyy urges ‘maximum’ sanctions on Russia in Davos

Davos, Switzerland: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for “maximum” sanctions against Russia during a virtual speech on May 23 to corporate executives, government officials, and other elites on the first day of the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos.

He said sanctions need to go further to stop Russia’s aggression, including an oil embargo, blocking all of its banks, and cutting off trade with Russia completely.

“This is what sanctions should be: They should be maximum so that Russia and every other potential aggressor that wants to wage a brutal war against its neighbor would clearly know the immediate consequences of their actions,” Zelenskyy said through a translator. He also pushed for the complete withdrawal of foreign companies from Russia to prevent supporting its war and said Ukraine needs at least $5 billion in funding per month.

“The amount of work is enormous. We need to rebuild entire cities and industries,” Zelenskyy said. He reiterated that Russia was blocking critical food supplies, such as wheat and sunflower oil, from leaving Ukraine’s ports. Zelenskyy received a standing ovation after his remarks.

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