LVIV, Ukraine â€” As Russian forces increased their shelling of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to the West to strengthen sanctions.
In a video statement Sunday evening, Zelenskyy heaped criticism on Western leaders for not responding to the Russian Defense Ministryâ€™s announcement that it would strike Ukraineâ€™s military-industrial complex, while telling employees of these defense plants not to go to work.
â€œI didnâ€™t hear even a single world leader react to this,â€ Zelenskyy said. â€œThe audacity of the aggressor is a clear signal to the West that the sanctions imposed on Russia are not sufficient.â€
Zelenskyy called for organizing a â€œtribunalâ€ to bring to justice those who order and carry out such crimes.
â€œThink about the sense of impunity of the occupiers that they can announce such planned atrocities,â€ he said.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced Sunday that its forces intend to strike Ukraineâ€™s military-industrial complex with what it said were precision weapons.
â€œWe urge all personnel of Ukrainian defense industry plants â€¦ to leave the territory of their enterprises,â€ ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement carried by the state news agency Tass.