Ukraine wants the world to impose sanctions on Russia that would effectively end its assault in the East. Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s President, made the request in a veiled jab targeting countries that continued to engage with Moscow for economic reasons.

In a pre-recorded address on Thursday, Zelensky said that Russia must be completely cut off from the international banking system. The Ukrainian leader also urged countries to boycott oil exports from Moscow.

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Andriy Yermak, an aide to the Ukrainian President, said that the “sanctions against Russia must be ruinous enough for us to end this terrible war”, according to reports from Reuters.

“My goal is to impose an embargo on the supply to Russia of technology, equipment, minerals and ores (and) rare earth dual-use minerals and thus stop the production of weapons in Russia”, Yermak said.

The call for further sanctions came just hours after the United States and the United Kingdom jointly announced a new set of sanctions that would prohibit new American investments in Russia.

The United States also sanctioned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two daughters — Katerina Tikhonova and Maria Vorontsova —  on Wednesday.

“Today we are dramatically escalating the financial shock by imposing full blocking sanctions on Russia’s largest financial institution, Sberbank, and its largest private bank, Alfa-Bank,” a senior official from President Joe Biden’s administration said.

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In addition to sanctions, the West is taking steps to diplomatically render Russia powerless. The American ambassador to the United Nations called for a vote in the General Assembly to remove Russia from the Human Rights Council, citing growing concerns of war crimes in Russia.

Janet Yellen, the Treasury Secretary of the United States, said that the country would not participate in G20 events if Russia is also present. The former Federal Reserve chair added that there will be “enormous economic repercussions in Ukraine and beyond” in response to Moscow’s actions.