- US and EU ban new investment in Russia
- Zhelensky says Pucha murders demand punishment
- Ukraine says attacks took place in south and east
LVV, Ukraine, April 6 (Reuters) – The United States and its allies on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on Moscow over killings of civilians that President Volodymyr Jelensky called “war crimes” amid fierce fighting and strikes Russian air strikes hit the besieged port of Mariupol.
The southern city of Mariupol has been attacked by Russian forces and has been under constant bombardment since the first days of the invasion nearly six weeks ago, leaving tens of thousands of residents without food, water or electricity.
“The humanitarian situation in the town is deteriorating,” British military intelligence said on Wednesday.
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“Most of the remaining 160,000 residents have no access to light, communications, medicine, heating or water. Russian forces blocked humanitarian access, which could force the guards to surrender. Reuters could not immediately confirm the news.
Western sanctions against Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, the biggest attack on a European nation since World War II, received a boost this week as civilians were found shot dead near the northern city of Pucha and recaptured from Russian forces.
Moscow has refused to target civilians in Pucha and described the evidence presented as a “vicious sham” staged by the West to discredit it. Read more
The White House said the new sanctions, which will be released on Wednesday, are part of Pucca’s policy.
The White House said integrated measures between Washington, the seven advanced economies and the European Union will target Russian banks and officials and ban new investment in Russia. Read more
The sanctions proposed by the EU would require ratification by 27 member states, banning the purchase of Russian coal and barring Russian vessels from entering EU ports.
EU executive Ursula von der Leyen said the group was also working to ban oil imports. Europe, which receives a third of its natural gas from Russia, is wary of the economic impact of a total embargo on Russian energy. Read more
But in a sign of strengthening EU resolve, Germany’s foreign minister said the coal embargo was the first step towards a ban on all Russian fossil fuel imports. Ukraine says a ban on Russian gas is key to reaching an agreement to end the war in peace talks.
Tuesday, the UN. After an emotional speech at the Security Council, Zhelensky said “new sanctions against Russia must be conducive to attracting occupiers’ war crimes”, adding that this was an “important moment” for Western leaders.
New Zealand said on Wednesday it would impose a 35% tax on all goods imported from Russia and extend export restrictions on industrial products linked to strategic Russian industries.
“The images and reports of atrocities against civilians in Pucha and other parts of Ukraine are hateful and reprehensible, and New Zealand continues to respond to Putin’s relentless aggression,” the minister said. of Foreign Affairs Nanaya Mahuta in a press release. .
The Pentagon said on Tuesday that the United States had agreed to provide an additional $100 million in aid to Ukraine, including anti-spear shield systems.
American chipmaker Intel Corp. (INTC.O) He said he stopped doing business in Russia and joined several companies to leave the country. Read more
Thousands of autoworkers have been laid off in the small Russian town of Kaluga, and food prices are rising as Western sanctions hit its biggest foreign automaker. Read more
According to Ukrainian officials, a church in Pucha, north of the capital kyiv, contained a mass grave of 150 to 300 bodies.
Satellite images taken weeks ago show the bodies of civilians on a city street, understating Russian claims that Ukrainian forces caused the deaths or staged the scene, a private company has said. American. Read more
Reuters reporters saw at least four people shot in the head in Pucha, with one hand tied behind their back.
Residents described instances in which many were killed, some were shot in the eye, and one was beaten to death and maimed.
On Tuesday, Ukrainian Sergei Lahovsky buried the body of a childhood friend who had been shot in the mouth after he disappeared during the occupation of the city by Russian troops. Read more
Lahovsky and others grabbed shovels and dug a shallow grave at the edge of the grass. They used a mat to transport the body, put it in a ditch before covering it with wooden planks and putting dirt on it.
“Why did these animals shoot him? Lahovsky shouted. “It’s not Russia, it’s a monster.”
Reuters was unable to independently verify the details of Lahowski’s account or who was responsible for the Pucha killings.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, it has failed to capture a major city in Ukraine, what it calls a “special military operation” with the aim of militarizing it and “reducing it “.
The Kremlin’s position has been dismissed by Ukraine and the West as an excuse for an unprovoked invasion that uprooted a quarter of the country’s population.
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Additional reports from Reuters offices; Written by Rami Job and Michael Perry; Lincoln’s Feast Edition
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