“We don’t understand how you can make money out of the blood. Unfortunately, this is what some countries have been doing” Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused European countries that continue to buy Russian oil of “earning their money in other people’s blood”.
In an interview with the BBC, President Zelenskyy singled out Germany and Hungary, accusing them of blocking efforts to embargo energy sales, from which Russia stands to make up to £250bn ($326bn) this year.
There has been growing frustration among Ukraine’s leadership with Berlin, which has backed some sanctions against Russia but, so far, resisted calls to back tougher action on oil sales.
“Some of our friends and partners understand that it is a different time now, that it is no longer an issue of business and money,” Mr. Zelenskyy told the BBC from his situation room in Kyiv on Thursday, April 14, 2022. “That it is an issue of survival.”
The President also reiterated calls for more weapons to be supplied to Ukraine, saying they were not getting supplies fast enough to fend off Russia’s assault.