OREANDA-NEWS Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has called on Japan to impose an embargo on trade with Russia. This was reported in the RIA Novosti article.

Zelenskyy said in an address to the Japanese parliament that this country was the first in Asia to put pressure on Moscow and to support sanctions against it.

The day before, the President of Ukraine said that he had called Pope Francis and "thanked him for his prayers for Ukraine and peace." He noted that Kiev would welcome "the Holy See's mediating role in ending human suffering."

On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special operation in the Donbass. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Russian troops are striking only Ukrainian military facilities; the civilian population is not threatened. In response, many countries imposed sanctions against Russia.