“They don’t stop killing”: Selenskyj reports in front of the Italian Parliament of 117 children killed – Panorama – Society

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, at least 117 children have already been killed in the Ukraine war. Selenskyj said on Tuesday in a video link in front of the Italian Parliament. “But 117 will not be the last number,” he warned in the broadcast to the deputies of the two chambers in Rome, to which he was connected from Kyiv. Referring to the Russian troops, he added: “They don’t stop killing.”

Selenskyj recalled the suffering of the people in the port city of Mariupol on the Black Sea, which was bombed particularly hard by the Russians. “Mariupol is similar in size to Genoa. Imagine Genoa being completely destroyed,” said the President. “Ukraine is the gateway for the Russian army. She wants to go to Europe. But barbarism must not prevail!”

Russian ships should no longer be allowed to dock

Zelenskyj called for further sanctions against Moscow. Among other things, Russian ships – similar to the blocking of airspace for Russian aircraft in the EU and North America, for example – should no longer be allowed to dock in foreign ports. “You know who started the war, who ordered the bombing, who does the propaganda.” Zelenskyy appealed to Italy to freeze Russian assets and confiscate luxury goods such as yachts. This is necessary to stop Putin. “You only have to stop one person for millions to survive.”

Pope in the role of mediator

According to his own statements, Selenskyj had telephoned Pope Francis before the switch to parliament. The Pope gave him courage. “I answered him: Our people have become an army when they have seen how much suffering the enemy brings, how much destruction he leaves in his wake, how much bloodshed it causes.”

Zelenskyj has in the conversation with pope Francis advocates a mediating role for the Vatican. The humanitarian situation and the blockade of rescue corridors by Russian troops were discussed, Zelenskyy wrote (Tuesday) on Twitter. He appreciates the “intermediary role of the Holy See in ending human suffering” and thanks for the prayers for Ukraine and for peace.

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Francis had already called Zelenskyj at the end of February. In the conversation he pope expressed his deep pain over the current tragic events in Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine to the Holy See announced via Twitter. The Vatican also confirmed the phone call at the time without further details on the content. Selenskyj himself thanked the Pope for his prayers via Twitter. The Ukrainian people feel the spiritual support. (dpa, KNA)

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