There is no more beating around the bush in Ukraine. No loner will Russian President Vladimir Putin’s lies be given any leeway with the world.
Make no mistake about it, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: This is genocide.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the bombing of a maternity hospital in Mariupol is “proof of a genocide of Ukrainians taking place” in a video message posted to Telegram late Wednesday night.Advertisement - story continues below
“The hospitals are ruined, the schools are ruined, the churches are ruined, ordinary buildings and all the dead people, dead children, he said, adding, “a strike on a maternity hospital is a final proof, proof of a genocide of Ukrainians taking place.”
Zelensky called on Europeans to condemn the “Russian war crime” saying, “Europeans! Ukrainians! Citizens of Mariupol! Today we have to be united in condemning this Russian war crime in which is reflected all the evil that Russian occupants brought to our land.”
“Europeans you won’t be able to say you haven’t seen what was going on to the Ukrainians, what was going on in Mariupol, to the residents of Mariupol, you have seen it and you know what’s going on so you have to strengthen sanctions against Russia in a manner that leaves it no more chance to continue this genocide,” he said.
The distinction will undoubtedly put more pressure on the west and NATO to respond forcefully, lest they wish to have the weight of these murdered Ukrainians on their national conscience as those in power seek reelection in the coming months and years.