After Ukrainian forces said they had repulsed a Russian attack on their capital Saturday, President Volodymyr Zelensky shot a selfie-style video to vow to stay and fight on.
Volodymyr Zelensky Statements
- We will not give up any arms. Glory to Ukraine
- We will not lay down arms.
- Are arms are our truths
- It's our land, our country, our children, and we will defend it
- Glory to Ukraine
Zelensky turned down a US offer to evacuate and told the US "I need ammunition not a ride."
Putin Pronouncing Peace Talks Dead
Bloomberg has a series of reports on the latest situation, spelling the president's last name as "Zelenskiy".
China distanced itself from Russia, with Foreign Minister Wang Yi saying that the situation in Ukraine “is something China does not want to see,” adding that it was “absolutely imperative” for all sides to exercise restraint.
Perhaps the most dramatic shift came in Berlin, where Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government announced that as well as allowing weapons for Ukraine it was throwing its weight behind European Union moves to exclude Russia from SWIFT. That’s a change of heart on a drastic step that would threaten to inflict damage on the European economy and on that of Germany as well as on Moscow.
“Look, you have two options: Start a third World War, go to war with Russia physically,” Biden said in a podcast. “Or two, make sure that a country that acts so contrary to international law that ends up paying a price for having done it.”
EU Cut Some Russian Banks From SWIFT, Target Central Bank
In the most significant sanction yet, EU Cut Some Russian Banks From SWIFT, Target Central Bank
A decision by Western nations to exclude some Russian banks from the SWIFT messaging system, used for trillions of dollars worth of transactions between banks around the world, was announced in a joint statement Saturday.
In addition, the nations said they would act together to impose “restrictive measures that will prevent the Russian Central Bank from deploying its international reserves in ways that undermine the impact of our sanctions.”
“The speed and unity to take this unprecedented financial action will give Putin pause,” said Josh Lipsky of the Atlantic Council. “The SWIFT move was largely expected but striking at the Central Bank will reverberate in Moscow and beyond.”
Unusual and Refreshing Integrity and Courage
I am not used to seeing politicians display any integrity or courage.
Unlike Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who went into hiding for a week over a trucker protest, Zelensky is staying put in Kyiv and appears to believe he is not going to be alive much longer.
Best wishes to Ukraine.
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