American businesses should cut their ties with Russia as it invades Ukraine, the besieged nation’s ambassador to the U.S. said Sunday.
“This is a full-fledged, unjust war and I think it’s time for many American businesses … to think about saving reputations and not cooperating with a regime that will end up in the Hague for everything they’ve done and they’re doing now today,” Ambassador Oksana Markarova said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Ukraine is sending accusations of Russian war crimes to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Markarova said Saturday, citing attacks on kindergartens and orphanages.
On Sunday, she called on the U.S. to level more sanctions against Russia and provide additional arms to her country.
“We need Russia to see clearly and feel that it’s not OK in the 21st century to attack another country, a sovereign country, without any reason,” she said.
She paraphrased a well-known quote by Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel: “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
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