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Live Update: Japan Participates in G7 Efforts to Quit Russia’s Oil



Tokyo-Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan will gradually phase out Russia’s oil imports, in line with the Group of Seven’s efforts to invade Russia’s Ukraine.

G7 leaders met online on Sunday to announce their commitment to ban or phase out Russia’s oil imports in a recent effort to pressure Moscow to end its invasion of Ukraine.

“This is a very difficult decision for a country that is heavily dependent on energy imports, including oil,” Fumio Kishida told reporters on Monday. “But the unity of the G-7 is of utmost importance now.”

Fumio Kishida said the details and schedule will be decided later as it is a process of phased out Russia’s oil imports and the process requires securing alternative energy sources.

About 4% of Japan’s oil imports come from Russia. Japan also announced that it would phase out Russia’s coal imports.

According to Fumio Kishida, Japan will not ban its investment in Russia’s oil and gas projects, including Sakhalin.

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UN — The head of the UN said he was “shocked” by the reported attacks on schools in the Ukrainian town of Birohorifka.

A UN spokesperson said Sunday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated the need to escape civilian citizenship and private infrastructure under international law.

Spokesperson Stephen Dujaric said: “This war must end and peace must be established in line with the Charter of the United Nations and international law. The humanitarian partners of the United Nations and Ukraine will continue to support those who have been killed by the war.”

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Zaporizhia, Ukraine — Russia tried to take over the port city, and after several weeks of bombardment and fighting, more than 170 people were evacuated from the city of Mariupol, Ukraine.

This is from a Sunday statement by Osnat Lubrani, UN Ukrainian Humanitarian Coordinator.

The evacuees were taken to the city of Zaporizhia in southeastern Ukraine. More than 600 people are currently evacuating from the Mariupol area, according to Rubrani.

The recent evacuation was the latest effort by Ukrainian fighters to rescue people from the tunnel under the Azovstal ironworks trying to stop Russian attackers.

The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross have coordinated evacuation.

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Kyiv, Ukraine — U2 frontman Bono performed on Sunday at Kyiv subway station, which acts as a bomb shelter, demonstrating support for Ukrainians trying to fend off Russia’s invasion.

An Irish singer tweeted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “invited us to play in Kyiv as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and that’s what we did.” ..

Bono, along with guitarist Edge, sang Ben E. King’s song “Stand by Me” at the Creshatik subway station. He was joined by another singer in Ukrainian military uniform.

He also visited Bucha, a town on the outskirts of Kieu, where hundreds of bodies were found after the withdrawal of Russian troops last month. The town is considered a potential place for war crimes.

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Ukraine, Kyiv — Leaders of seven advanced democracies, who have met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and promised to phase out or ban Russia’s oil imports, emphasized their support. And conducted online negotiations to show unity between Western allies on victory. Victory Day in Europe, indicating the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Reducing Russia’s oil supply will “hit (President Vladimir) a major artery in Putin’s economy and deny him the income he needs to fund the war.” , G7 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany, France and Italy and Japan said in a statement.

“We ensure that we do so in a timely and orderly manner, and in a way that provides the world with time to secure alternatives,” they added.

Looking back on World War II, the leaders emphasized unity with the determination that Putin should not win.

“We continue to fight for freedom today for the people of Ukraine, Europe and the world’s communities, thanks to the memories of all those who fought for freedom in World War II. “They said.



https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-05-09/world-news/Live-updates-Japan-joins-G-7-effort-to-quit-Russian-oil-6736242780 Live Update: Japan Participates in G7 Efforts to Quit Russia’s Oil

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