The European Union proposes the toughest sanctions ever against Russia, including a gradual oil embargo, as Moscow pushed an attack in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s ally Belarus announced extensive military training on Wednesday. bottom.
According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, thousands of people were killed and the Ukrainian city flattened in about 10 weeks after the war began, causing Russia to intensify assault and attack at the railway station used to transport western weapons. Was reported.
The new convoy of buses has begun evacuating more civilians from the devastated southeastern port city of Mariupol, which has seen the most fierce war battles so far. Moscow has promised to suspend some military operations this week to allow more evacuation.
Brussels has put pressure on Russia’s $ 1.8 trillion economy, which has already been hit, and has proposed to phase out Russia’s crude oil and refined imports by the end of this year within six months.
“”[President Vladimir] President Putin has to pay a high price for his brutal attack. “
If all 27 EU governments agree, the plan will be the world’s largest trade zone watershed that will continue to rely on Russia’s energy and find alternative supplies in accordance with the US and UK oil bans.
US President Joe Biden said this week he would talk to leaders of seven other groups about the possibility of further measures against Moscow.
“We are always ready to accept additional sanctions,” Biden told reporters in Washington.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba welcomed news from the EU, but emphasized the urgency of acting to starve Russia’s war machinery.
“My position is simple. All the euros paid to Russia for gas, oil and other commodities end up as a round of ammunition in Ukraine to kill my compatriots,” he said on Austrian television channel Puls4. Said in an interview.
The Kremlin said Russia is considering various responses to the EU plan, adding that the measures would be costly for European citizens.
According to one source, the EU delegation could reach an agreement on this plan on Thursday or later this week, including top Russian banks, their broadcasters, and hundreds of individuals.
‘We are ready’
Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has updated the warning that Moscow will attack the US and NATO’s attempts to transport weapons to Ukraine.
His ministry said Russian troops had disabled the six railway stations used to deliver western weapons to the east of Ukraine. He later stated that he had achieved 77 military targets throughout the day, including ammunition depots and artillery.
Ukrainian officials said Russia’s strategic bomber launched 18 rockets “for the purpose of damaging our transportation infrastructure” and confirmed an attack on the railroad.
The Belarusian Ministry of Defense announced a surprising military exercise and said it would not pose a threat to neighboring countries, but the Ukrainian border guard said it could not rule out the possibility that Belarusian troops would join the Russian attack.
“Therefore, we are ready,” said spokesman Andrie Demchenko.
When the invasion began on February 24, some Russian troops entered Ukraine via Belarus, but so far for Moscow to disarm Ukraine and protect Russian-speaking people from fascists. The Belarusian army is not involved in what is called a “special military operation”.
Kieu and his western supporters say Moscow’s fascist claims are an excuse for the war of aggression, which has fled more than five million Ukrainians abroad.
The Kremlin dismissed speculation on Wednesday that Putin officially declared a war with Ukraine and Russia ordered the mobilization of the people on May 9 to commemorate the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. bottom.
Putin will give a speech and oversee the May 9 military parade on Red Square in Moscow.
“I’m terribly worried”
According to Donetsk Governor Pablo Kirirenko, a convoy leaving Mariupol, organized by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross, was heading for the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhia.
Russian troops will be able to evacuate civilians from the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works, which opposes Russian troops occupying the city during the day on May 5, 6 and 7. He said he would suspend activities.
Humanitarian corridor is opened “for the evacuation of civilians” [working personnel, women and children] Exists in the underground facility of the factory [has] It was announced by the Kieu authorities. “
The first evacuees from Azofustari arrived in Zaporizhia by bus on Tuesday after evacuating to a bunker under a vast Soviet-era complex for several weeks.
Enjoying the first sun-drenched day two months after underground, refugee Tetyana Trotsak can’t help but think of those who believe they’re still stuck in the shelter they share. Told.
“I’m terribly worried about the civilians and injured soldiers still there,” a 25-year-old Mariupol’s utility employee said Wednesday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the United Nations to help save more people from Azofustari.
In a statement to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Zelensky said, “The lives of those who remain there are at stake. Everyone is important to us. To save them yours Ask for help. “
Russia now claims control of Mariupol, once a city of 400,000, but after weeks of siege and bombardment, it has largely become rubble. Key to Moscow’s efforts to separate Ukraine from the Black Sea, which is essential for grain and metal exports, and to connect Russia-controlled territories in the south and east.
Along with the eastern Donbus region, the southern coastline has become a major target for Moscow as it failed to occupy the capital Kyiv within a few weeks of its invasion. -Reuters
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