Ukrainian president warns of ‘new iron curtain’ as Russia seizes Chernobyl site

Ukrainian president implores world to help in shadow of ‘new iron curtain’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine was listening to the sound of another iron curtain falling as Russian troops advanced into his country’s territory.

“What we heard today is not just missile explosions, fighting and the rumble of planes. It is the sound of a new iron curtain, which has fallen and is closing Russia from civilized world,” Mr. Zelenskyy said.

A Russian army military vehicle with the letter ‘Z’ drives through Crimea. Reuters.

“Our national task is to ensure that this curtain does not fall on our country.”

Amid his fears of a Russian expansionist policy, he called on the allies to stop Russia’s invasion by helping Ukraine with military equipment.

“If you don’t help us now, if you fail to offer strong help to Ukraine, tomorrow war will knock on your door.”

Mr Zelenskyy said the EU would also come to Ukraine’s aid with a series of tough new sanctions.

The United Nations Security Council is expected to vote Friday on a US-drafted resolution condemning Russia for invading Ukraine.

This will require Moscow to withdraw “immediately, completely and unconditionally” from Ukraine, a senior US administration official has said.
Russia, as one of five Security Council members with veto power, will likely veto the resolution, the US official said.

But Washington and others see the council as a critical place where Moscow must be forced to explain itself, they added.

“We are not going to sit idly by,” official reporters said on a call.

Shortly after those comments, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had no choice but to order what he still refuses to call an invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Putin also said he believed Russia was still part of the global economy despite a series of sanctions against his country and that he did not plan to damage this system.

Amanda J. Marsh