Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Western allies to intensify sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin and bolster their support for Kyiv to prevent Moscow’s success in the ongoing conflict.
Expressing concern over the hesitation and wavering support from the West, Zelenskyy emphasized the urgency of tightening sanctions and increasing assistance to Ukraine.
He cautioned that delayed support could result in prolonged fighting, causing further loss of lives and potentially extending the conflict by years.
During his emotional speech, Zelenskyy underscored the need for a unified response against Putin’s aggression, stating that the Russian leader’s plans go beyond the war in Ukraine.
“In fact, Putin embodies war. … He will not change. … We must change. We all must change to the extent that the madness that resides in this man’s head or any other aggressor’s head will not prevail,” the president said.
He urged Europeans to recognize the broader implications of Putin’s actions and emphasized the necessity for collective efforts to counter the threat posed by the Russian president.
“Ukrainians need predictable financing throughout 2024 and beyond. They need a sufficient and sustained supply of weapons to defend Ukraine and regain its rightful territory,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen advised.