President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky invited Putin to sit down at the negotiating table “to stop the death of people.” Office of the Ukrainian head published Zelensky’s new appeal in his telegram channel.
“Fights are going on all over Ukraine. Let’s sit down at the negotiating table to stop the death of people,” the President of Ukraine said.
Zelensky also called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine not just an “invasion” but “the start of a war against Europe.”
“Against the unity of Europe. Against elementary human rights in Europe. Against all the rules of coexistence on the continent. Against the fact that European states refuse to divide borders by force,” he said.
The President of Ukraine called on Europe to more actively help Ukraine: “How are you going to defend yourself if you are helping us so slowly?” Zelensky also turned to the Europeans and said that they could come to Ukraine and defend Europe there “together with us.”
“As long as state institutions in Europe are not in a hurry to make really firm decisions, every European in their capital can already come to our embassy and offer their help. Also demand from your governments that Ukraine receive more. More financial, more military assistance, because this help is help to you, help to Europe. You help yourself. If you have military experience in Europe and do not want to look at the indecisiveness of politicians, you can already arrive in our country and together with us defend Europe, where it is now very needed, ” – said the President of Ukraine.
On the night of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the launch of a “special military operation” to “denazify and demilitarize” Ukraine. Immediately after, reports of explosions and rocket attacks began to appear in Kiev, Kharkov, Odessa, Kramatorsk, Berdyansk. Russian troops crossed the border in five regions of Ukraine.
A curfew has been declared in Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Kiev regions, in Kiev, Dnipro, Nikolaev and Cherkasy region.
During the first day of fighting, 137 Ukrainian servicemen were killed, the President of Ukraine said.
EU member states have agreed on a new package of sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine.
The new Brussels sanctions will affect 70% of the Russian banking sector and major state-owned companies, including the military industry. The EU also plans to ban oil exports and “make it impossible for Russia to improve its refineries.” In addition, the EU will ban the sale of aircraft and aviation equipment to Russian airlines. The package of sanctions also provides for limiting sales of semiconductors and software to Russia. Diplomats and businessmen from Russia will no longer be able to receive EU visas as a priority.
Earlier, a new package of sanctions against Russia was announced by the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Japanand the Czech Republic, Latvia and Lithuania stopped issuing visas to Russians.