The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zeleskiy said Tuesday that the West must do more than just to make Moscow abandon its invasion.
Zelenskiy addressed the United Nations Security Council shortly after. He asked Spanish lawmakers to consider the current situation in which hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians live in fear, without food, water, or medicine. following several European countries.
“Imagine people living in basements for weeks to save their lives. From bombings, from shelling. It is April 2022 and Ukraine’s reality is the same as April 1937. Zelenskiy stated that the world was shocked to learn the name of Guernica, one of your cities.
Adolf Hitler flew aircraft to support Francisco Franco’s nationalist forces. They attacked the Basque town of Basque on April 26, 1937. It killed as many as 1,600 people and injured hundreds. Pablo Picasso painted a masterpiece based on the tragedy.
Zelenskiy called for more international sanctions against Moscow and praised Spanish businesses that have stopped operating in Russia, while pointing out some businesses that are still working in Russia.
“I am aware that many of your companies have stopped funding the Russian military machine via taxes. He also thanked the society and your state for their principled position on sanctions, he said to a packed lower house of Madrid.
He appealed to Maxam, a blasting equipment supplier, the ceramics group Porcelanosa and Sercobe, a capital-goods manufacturer association, to end business with Russia.
Porcelanosa stated that it had not started any new Russian sales since the invasion but that it had fulfilled agreements with distributors signed prior to the war.
The company stated in a statement that the Russian market accounted for only 0.009% of its March sales – equivalent to 197,000 euros
Both Maxam and Sercobe did not respond to our requests for comment.