The cost of Russia's assault in Ukraine must be excruciating: Zelenskyy

Ukraine's President Zelenskyy has requested his country's allies to halt trade with Russia in order to ensure that Russia pays a "painful price" for the war.

Ukraine's President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, urged Ukrainians around the world on Wednesday to halt all trade with Russia. The message of Zelenskyy's tweets is clear: "Russia's cost for this war against Ukraine must be exceedingly harsh."

"This pressure is a responsibility for all Ukrainians at home and abroad, as well as all allies and partners of our country," Zelenskyy added. Every everyone on the planet must take a moral stand."

Zelenskyy also urged Ukrainians worldwide to "call lawmakers, talk to journalists, and put pressure on businesses to quit the Russian market." So their money and euros aren't used to pay for our blood."

Zelenskyy urged the Canadian Parliament to exert further pressure.

Zelenskyy stated in a video message to the Canadian Parliament that Russia's attack on his country is intended to demolish Ukraine and control its people. He commended Canada for its humanitarian and military assistance and referred to it as a dependable ally.

He appealed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and parliamentarians for assistance in establishing a no-fly zone over Ukraine. "You heard about the bombings," Zelenskyy says, adding that allies expressing their worry is insufficient while civilians are being killed across the country. We currently have 97 children that died as a result of this battle."

Meanwhile, as Russia's conflict against Ukraine enters its 20th day, the European Union (EU), the United States, and other G7 allies issued their fourth batch of sanctions against it. The announcement on Friday aimed to deprive Moscow of preferential trade and economic advantages.

The EU has now imposed sanctions on 862 Russian individuals and 53 entities as a result of the recent penalties.

On the other side, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan advised China against assisting Russia after allegations surfaced that Russia had requested assistance from China in its ongoing conflict with Ukraine.