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‘Flooded with our blood’: Zelenskyy urges all American companies to leave Russia now

The Ukrainian president also called for further sanctions against Russian politicians who don’t oppose the war.

‘Flooded with our blood’: Zelenskyy urges all American companies to leave Russia now
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to the U.S. Congress by video to plead for support as his country is besieged by Russian forces at the U.S. Capitol on March 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. [Photo: Getty]

In his remote address to Congress Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged all American companies to exit Russia “immediately,” saying it is “flooded with our blood.”

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Plenty of U.S. companies, from fast food giants like McDonald’s to tech firms like Apple to financial services companies including Goldman Sachs, Mastercard, and Visa have already announced pullbacks from the Russian market. Western media organizations, including CNN International, the BBC, and Bloomberg News, have also all announced they’re limiting operations in Russia, some in reaction to a new law that imposes hefty penalties on what President Vladimir Putin’s regime deems misinformation.

However, some companies, such as pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, have said they will stay in the country due to the vital nature of their products. Pfizer instead has said it will donate Russian profits to Ukrainian relief efforts.

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Existing sanctions, and the dramatic collapse of the Russian ruble, have already given Western companies an incentive to distance themselves from Russia. Russian officials threatened to seize the assets of companies that pull out of the country, but that hasn’t seemed to stop the outflow of businesses.

In his speech, Zelenskyy also called for further military aid and further sanctions on Russian politicians who don’t oppose the war.

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Steven Melendez is an independent journalist living in New Orleans.

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