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Kyiv’s defense minister calls on diaspora to share what’s happening in Ukraine in ‘Italian, German and Hungarian’

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov called on Friday for the Ukrainian diaspora in Italy, Hungary and Germany to share information about what is happening in the country, in a bid to win over citizens of those countries and influence their governments to go further on the sanctions against Russia.

In a Facebook post, Reznikov urged those who speak the languages to “share the mentioned facts in the Italian, German and Hungarian media space, as well as among journalists and officials of European countries.”

“Everyone who knows the appropriate languages — you are our weapon,” he added.

Reznikov was targeting countries that reportedly stood in the way of tougher sanctions during an emergency summit in Brussels on Thursday.

While the United States, Britain and some EU capitals have all indicated they were in favor of kicking Russia out of the SWIFT international payments system, other EU countries such as Germany, Italy and Austria have signaled they do not want to play all of their sanctions cards at this stage, thereby ignoring numerous appeals by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to impose on Russia the harshest possible sanctions.

On Friday, former European Council President Donald Tusk slammed EU countries that blocked tougher sanctions, specifically taking aim at Germany, Hungary and Italy.

In his post, Reznikov added that all people over 60 years old would also be called to fight against Russia, extending Zelenskiy’s earlier mobilization order calling up 18-to-60-year-olds.

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