Zelensky calls for peace talks, urges Switzerland to do more to crack down on Russian oligarchs.
Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky has called for comprehensive peace talks with Moscow and also urged Switzerland to do more to crack down on Russian oligarchs who he said were helping wage war on his country with their money.
British intelligence warned that Russia, frustrated by its failure to achieve its objectives since it launched the invasion on Feb. 24, was now pursuing a strategy of attrition that could intensify the humanitarian crisis. Russian forces have taken heavy losses and their advance has stalled mainly since President Vladimir Putin launched the assault, with long columns of troops that bore down on Kyiv halted in the suburbs.
But they have laid siege to cities, blasting urban areas to rubble, and in recent days have intensified missile attacks on scattered targets in western Ukraine, away from the main battlefields. Zelensky, who makes frequent impassioned appeals to foreign audiences for help for his country, told an anti-war protest in Bern that Swiss banks were where the “money of the people who unleashed this war” lay and their accounts should be frozen.
In an audio address, he said Ukrainian cities “are being destroyed on the orders of people who live in European, in beautiful Swiss towns, who enjoy the property in your cities. Neutral Switzerland, which is not a member of the European Union, has fully adopted EU sanctions against Russian individuals and entities, including orders to freeze their wealth in Swiss banks.
The EU measures are part of a wider sanctions effort by Western nations, criticized by China, to squeeze Russia’s economy and starve its war machine. In an address earlier on Saturday, Zelensky urged Moscow to hold peace talks now.