In response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, has urged the West to impose travel restrictions on all Russian citizens.
In an effort to further punish the Kremlin for its brutality, the beleaguered president pleaded with world leaders to forbid any residents of the invading country from entering their countries.
He told the Washington Post: ‘The most important sanctions are to close the borders — because the Russians are taking away someone else’s land.’
He added Russians should be forced to ‘live in their own world until they change their philosophy.’
The head of Ukraine wants a complete ban on the purchase of Russian energy and a year-long closure of the West’s borders to Russian nationals.
While there is a blanket prohibition on Russian airlines flying over most of Europe and the US, it does not apply to travel by Russian citizens.
Those who are fleeing the nation exactly because they disagree with Putin’s government, according to others, would likely be impacted if entrance was denied to Russians.
But Zelensky said: ‘Whichever kind of Russian… make them go to Russia.
‘They’ll understand then. They’ll say, ‘This [war] has nothing to do with us. The whole population can’t be held responsible, can it?’ It can. The population picked this government and they’re not fighting it, not arguing with it, not shouting at it.’
Russian bombardment in the last 24 hours has resulted in at least three Ukrainian civilian deaths and 23 additional injuries, including an incident not far from a Russian-occupied nuclear power facility.
Over 120 missiles were launched towards the southern town of Nikopol by Putin’s soldiers using Grad multiple rocket launchers; Nikopol is located across the Dnieper River from the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.
According to him, a number of apartment buildings and industrial facilities were hurt.
In recent days, Russia and Ukraine traded accusations of shelling the largest nuclear plant in Europe and raising the danger of a nuclear accident.
Zelensky brought up the 1986 catastrophe at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine, which at the time was a Soviet republic, in his nightly video broadcast. He urged the implementation of fresh sanctions against Russia “for posing the threat” of yet another nuclear catastrophe.
‘We are actively informing the world about Russian nuclear blackmail – about the shelling and mining of the Zaporizhzhia NPP facilities,’ Zelenskyy said.
‘Russia will not pay attention to words and concerns…The Chernobyl disaster is an explosion in one reactor; the Zaporizhzhia NPP is six power units.’
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