In a video address on April 10, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said the government is doing everything it can to bring every Russian, responsible for war crimes in Ukraine, to justice, and urged other countries to ramp up sanctions against Moscow, “forcing” it to pursue peace settlement.
“They seized Crimea, and claim that we are responsible; they destroyed normal life in Donbas, and say it’s our fault; they shot down the Malaysian Airlines Boeing, and blame us for it,” said Zelensky.
“They started a full-scale war against us, hit us with 2,000 missiles, countless bombs, artillery shells, landmines, and still say we’re at fault; they tortured, killed (civilians) on our land, deported hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians and our children, and blame us for all this.”
The president said Russia does all this out of cowardice.
“When people don’t have the courage to admit their mistakes, to apologize, and adapt to new reality, they tend to turn into monsters,” Zelensky said.
“And if the world ignores this, monsters start expecting the world to accommodate them.”
Zelensky pledged to do everything in his power to make sure that Russian war criminals are brought to justice.
“Every scumbag that came to our land under the Russian flag and killed our people, tortured our people, destroyed our cities, looted and humiliated (Ukrainians, will be brough to justice).”
The Russian military is lying about how they conduct the war, according to the president.
“After more than six weeks, they claim they never hit a single civilian target,” he said.
“They are afraid to admit that Russia’s Ukraine policy of the last 10 years was wrong, and only managed to destroy any relationship our two countries had.”
Russian war crimes were among the topics Zelensky discussed with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. According to the president, Germany’s attitude “is shifting to Ukraine’s favor”.
The president warned that the invaders will shift towards large-scale combat operations in eastern Ukraine, and said that the country is preparing to repulse these coming attacks.