Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the European Union to step up sanctions against Russia, warning that Russian forces could attack other countries after invading his country.
In a speech to the Czech parliament via video link, the Ukrainian president called on the European Union to allow Ukraine to begin the path to membership in the European bloc by offering it candidate status.
“As in the past, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is the first step that the Russian leadership needs to pave the way for other countries to conquer other peoples,” Volodymyr Zelensky said, warning that Russia’s territorial ambitions extend to Warsaw to Sofia.
“Russia is not only interested in our (cities) Mariupol, Siverdonetsk, Kharkiv and Kyiv. No, its ambitions are in a vast area from Warsaw to Sofia,” he said, without elaborating.
Whoever wants to conquer everything, will never stop since he understands only a part of what he wants, he said.
At the same time, the adviser to the Ukrainian president Mikhail Pontolyak said that Kyiv “is waiting for a decision” today to accelerate the shipment of heavy weapons from Ukraine’s western allies.
“The Ukraine / Russia ratio in the artillery is on a scale of 1 to 10. I receive daily messages from our fighters saying ‘Hold on, just tell us when the weapons will arrive,'” Mikhail Pontolyak wrote on Twitter, as Ukrainian forces face great difficulties in the Donbas area.
“I refer the question (…) Brussels, we are waiting for a decision,” he added ahead of a meeting in the Belgian capital of Western allies around US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on the issue.
At the same time, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that members of the alliance would continue to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons and long-range weapons and that it was waiting for an agreement on a new military aid package to Kyiv during the NATO summit.