File Photo: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the nation in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 7, 2022. AP
Speaking in a video address to the Spanish Parliament on Tuesday, Zelensky denounced the Russian atrocities against civilians in Ukrainian cities, saying they represented war crimes for which Russian officers should face an international tribunal.
Zelensky said the "sanctions must be really powerful.''
"How can it be allowed that Russian banks generate incomes even as the Russian military tortures ordinary civilians to death in Ukrainian cities, how can European companies engage in trade with the state that deliberately destroys our people?'' he asked.
In an emotional speech, he drew parallels between the Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities and the 1937 bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by Nazi aircraft during the Spanish Civil War.
Zelenskyy said the "fate of the entire European project, the values that unite us all'' is being decided in Ukraine and urged Spanish lawmakers to "do even more to force Russia to start searching for peace and respect the international law.''