Ukraine calls on tough sanctions against Russia, disconnection from SWIFT

Verkhovna Rada

Ukraine’s parliament called on the international community to impose tough sanctions against the leadership of the Russian Federation and disconnect it from SWIFT.

In connection with the Kremlin’s recognition of the independence of illegal self-proclaimed entities in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and the order to send Russian troops into the territory of Ukraine, the Ukrainian parliament calls for additional tough sectoral, financial, and personal sanctions against the Russian Federation and its leadership in order to stop its armed aggression against Ukraine and preventing further escalation of the situation in Europe, including freezing the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, disconnecting the Russian Federation from SWIFT and banning the export of high technologies to the Russian Federation, in particular those related to the Russian military-industrial complex and the energy sector.

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Verkhovna Rada also calls on the governments and parliaments of foreign states to help strengthen the defense capability of Ukraine and accelerate the provision of comprehensive (including defense) assistance aimed at strengthening the ability of the Ukrainian state to respond to the aggravation of the security situation from the Russian Federation.

Putin signed a decree recognizing the areas, this move might justify Russia’s attack in those locations and an agreement of cooperation with the heads of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic. The militants do not control the entirety of their regions.

Following a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Putin’s decision could mean Russia’s unilateral withdrawal from the Minsk agreements and ignoring decisions within the “Normandy format talks.”

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