Ukraine is looking for “destructive” sanctions against Russia, as Europe is worried about energy

  • Barrel from the European Union announced new sanctions by Friday
  • The United States is imposing sanctions on Russian banks, Putin’s daughters
  • Zelensky is pushing the West to do more on sanctions
  • Ukraine renews call for total energy ban

LVIV, Ukraine, April 7 (Reuters) – Ukraine wants sanctions to be severe enough to force Russia to end the war after some countries have been accused of putting economic prosperity above the punishment for killing Western civilians. condemns as war crimes.

The democratic world must stop buying Russian oil and completely block Russian banks from the international financial system, President Vladimir Zelensky said in his daily video Thursday. read on

“Some politicians still can’t decide how to limit the flow of petrodollars and oil euros to Russia so as not to risk their own economy,” Zelensky said.

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Washington has announced new measures, including sanctions against the two adult daughters of President Vladimir Putin and a major bank. However, on Wednesday the European Union failed to approve a new round of sanctions, including on Russian coal. EU senior diplomat Joseph Barrel said the package could be handed over on Thursday or Friday.

Speaking at a NATO meeting, Barrel also said that the EU would discuss an embargo on Russian oil, which he said he hoped to join soon.

After horrific images of civilians killed in the streets of Bucha, a city northeast of Kiev recaptured from Russian invaders, sparked international condemnation, Zelensky said Kremlin forces were trying to hide evidence of atrocities.

“We have information that the Russian military has changed tactics and is trying to bring the dead out of the streets and basements … it’s just an attempt to hide the evidence and nothing more,” – said Zelensky, but did not say. evidence.

Moscow denies attacks on civilians and says images of bodies in Bucha were staged to justify additional sanctions against Moscow and disrupt peace talks. read on

Russia’s six-week invasion has forced more than 4 million people to flee abroad, killing thousands or injuring a quarter, leaving a quarter homeless, turning cities into ruins and increasing Western restrictions on Russian elites and the economy.

Washington’s new steps on Wednesday included sanctions against the main state lender Sberbank (SBER.MM) and Alfa-Bank, Russia’s fourth-largest financial institution.

He also banned Americans from investing in Russia and called for Russia to be excluded from the G20 forum, saying he would boycott G20 meetings attended by Russian officials. read on

An EU source said a European ban on coal would be approved on Thursday but would not take effect until August, a month later than proposed after pressure from Germany, Russia’s largest importer of Russian coal. read on

The UK also froze Sberbank’s assets and said it would impose a ban on imports of Russian coal, but no earlier than the end of the year.

The United Nations General Assembly will vote on Thursday to exclude Russia from the UN Human Rights Council. read on

WELCOME TO GREATER ACTIVITIES

But Ukraine says its allies must go further to stop Moscow’s military machine, halting all energy imports from Russia and blocking supplies of technology and materials used to make weapons.

“Sanctions against Russia must be devastating enough for us to end this terrible war,” said Andrei Ermak, head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, late Wednesday.

Ukraine’s foreign minister has called on NATO allies to send more aircraft, air defense systems, missiles and military vehicles.

“I believe that the deal offered by Ukraine is fair. You give us weapons, we sacrifice our lives, and the war is being fought in Ukraine, ”Dmitry Kuleba told reporters at a NATO meeting.

Breaking with the rest of the EU, Hungary said it was ready to meet Russia’s demand to pay for gas in rubles, which Ukraine called an “unfriendly act.”

The split underscores the continent’s dependence on Russian gas and oil, which has kept it from reacting more harshly to the Kremlin, as Russia accounts for about 40 percent of the EU’s natural gas consumption and a third of oil imports.

THE besieged city

Western politicians have condemned the Bucha killings as war crimes, and Ukrainian officials say there were between 150 and 300 bodies in a mass grave near the church.

Russia says it is participating in a “special military operation” designed to demilitarize and “denationalize” Ukraine, which Kyiv and its Western allies have dismissed as a false pretext for invading.

Russia continues to prepare for an attack to gain full control of the eastern breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as the besieged southern port of Mariupol, where tens of thousands are trapped, according to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Many in the eastern city of Dergachi, north of Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv and near the border with Russia, have decided to leave while they can.

The buildings were badly damaged by Russian artillery. Kharkiv itself was killed by air and missile strikes from the very beginning.

Mikola, a father of two in Derhachi, who declined to give his last name, said he heard the roar of bombing every night and sat with his family in the hallway of the house.

“(We will go) where there are no explosions, where children will not have to hear them,” he said, hugging his young son and holding back tears.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine said that at the moment the war killed 167 children, 297 were injured.

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Additional Reuters reports; Author: Costas Pitas, Lincoln Fest and Tomasz Janowski; Editors: Grant McCool, Jacqueline Wong, Michael Perry and Frank Jack Daniel

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