EU Says It Will ‘Weaken Russia!’ With ‘Harshest Sanctions Ever’ For Attacking Ukraine

“We can no longer simply observe what is happening NATO expanding into Ukraine is unacceptable for us. A clash between Russia and these forces is inevitable. It is only a matter of time.”

EU Says It Will 'Weaken Russia!’ With 'Harshest Sanctions Ever' For Attacking Ukraine - SurgeZirc UK
EU Says It Will 'Weaken Russia!’ With 'Harshest Sanctions Ever' For Attacking Ukraine

The European Union’s chief executive said today that she would present “massive” sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine to the bloc’s national leaders for approval later in the day.

“(Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin is responsible for bringing war back to Europe,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in an emergency statement after Russia launched missiles at several Ukrainian cities and landed troops on the country’s coast.

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She stated that new EU sanctions would prevent Russia from accessing “key technologies and markets,” and that the Union would also freeze Russian assets in Europe and prevent Moscow from accessing European financial markets.

“We will weaken Russia’s economic base and its capacity to modernise… These sanctions are designed to take a heavy toll on the Kremlin’s interests and on their ability to finance the war.”

The President of the European Commission released a statement in the early hours of the morning claiming Putin shall be “held accountable”. She tweeted, “We strongly condemn Russia’s unjustified attack in Ukraine.

“In these dark hours, our thoughts are with Ukraine and the innocent women, men and children as they face this unprovoked attack and fear for their lives. We will hold the Kremlin accountable.”

In a statement with President Charles Michel of the European Council, she tweeted: “We condemn Russia’s unprecedented military aggression against Ukraine.

“It must withdraw its military and fully respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity. The EU leaders will discuss and swiftly adopt further restrictive measures against Russia. The EU stands with Ukraine.”

The comments come as Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia has massed “nearly 200,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders and thousands of combat vehicles”.

In a late-night televised speech, Zelensky switched into Russian to “address Russian citizens as a citizen of Ukraine”.

He said: “Hear us. The Ukrainian people want peace. The Ukrainian authorities want peace.”

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In a televised address just a few minutes before Russia pressed a full invasion, Putin called the West an “empire of lies” and called for the “demilitarisation and de-nazification” of Ukraine while stating that “we do not intend to occupy Ukraine.”

He said: “We can no longer simply observe what is happening NATO expanding into Ukraine is unacceptable for us. A clash between Russia and these forces is inevitable. It is only a matter of time.”

“To anyone who would consider interfering from the outside – if you do, you will face consequences greater than any you have faced in history.”

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