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Zelenskyy urges stronger sanctions on Russia over Kinzhal missile's foreign components

Zelenskyy urges stronger sanctions on Russia over Kinzhal missile's foreign components President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo: Vitalii Nosach- RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Western countries need to strengthen sanctions against Russia. Missiles of the aggressor country, including Kinzhal, consist of dozens of foreign components, according to the evening address of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

He notes that each Russian strike on Ukraine indicates that the world's sanctions against Russia are inadequate. Each missile contains components produced by companies from other countries.

Zelenskyy specifies that in Kinzhals, there are at least 49 types of components that Russia does not manufacture, and in X-101, there are at least 53 types of such components.

"A significant portion of them is made by companies in the free world and imported into Russia through various gray schemes. Blocking such schemes and everyone who supports them is essential. We need more sanctions. We need more accountability for sanctions evasion schemes," the president adds.

The head of state emphasizes that pressure on Russia needs to be significantly increased because only in those missiles that the occupiers wanted to strike Kyiv with today, there were at least one and a half thousand foreign components.

"This must stop, and the world must have the appropriate levers," Zelenskyy says.

Missile strike on Kyiv

Today, March 21, Russian occupiers once again launched missiles at Ukraine. In particular, Kyiv was under attack.

The enemy used cruise missiles X-101/X-555/X-55 from the strategic bombers Tu-95MS and two ballistic/aeroballistic missiles Iskander-M (KN-23)/X-47M2 Kinzhal.

In total, the occupiers launched 31 missiles at the capital. Ukrainian air defense systems destroyed all missiles within the Kyiv region.