War in Ukraine is alive: new G7 sanctions and fiscal sanctions on Russia

Essential

  • Kieu called on the eastern population to evacuate the area “now” in fear of a large-scale, deadly attack by Russian troops on the Kremlin’s current priority, Donbus. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned that his war is likely to last “months and even years.”
  • On Wednesday, the United States announced a new volley of economic and financial sanctions targeting Vladimir Putin’s major banks and children, describing them as “catastrophic” to Russia. As part of that, the EU is preparing a new package of sanctions that may involve coal, oil and banks.
  • The UN General Assembly has resolved to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

19:22

Russia’s suspension from the “illegal” of the UN Human Rights Council, Russia says

In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry called Russia’s suspension from the UN Human Rights Council “illegal.” Russia considers the suspension “an illegal and political motivation, aimed at flashy punishment of UN sovereign states pursuing independent internal and external policies,” and “early termination” of the council. To decide.

19:07

New G7 sanctions on Russia

“We are banning new investment in major industries of the Russian economy, including energy,” the G7 forces said in a statement, supporting Russia’s decision to “additional sanctions on Russia’s defense sector.” It also announced sanctions on the “elite.”President Vladimir Putin against Ukraine

19:06

U.S. cancels Russia’s trade situation

A parliamentary vote officially canceled the trade situation between Russia and Belarus, paving the way for disciplinary tariffs on these two countries. The measure, proclaimed by President Biden in mid-March, enjoyed strong cross-partisan support in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

19:03

The Kremlin continues to “protect its interests” despite a suspension from the UN Human Rights Council

The Kremlin regretted Russia’s suspension of the UN Human Rights Council and warned that Moscow would “continue to protect its interests by all legal means.” “Sorry, we will continue to protect and explain our interests by all legal means,” Vladimir Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sky News in the British Straits.

18:33

Ukraine is “thankful” for Russia’s suspension from the UN Human Rights Council

18:27

Kremlin acknowledges “serious military loss” in Ukraine

Moscow admitted “significant losses” on Thursday within the armed forces deployed in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said without quantifying them. “We suffered a serious military loss, which is a great tragedy for us,” he said in an interview with Sky News in the English Channel.

18:23

Blinken says Russians are committing new atrocities “now”

Beyond Butcha, an area near Kyiv where Ukraine and the West accuse Moscow of committing a civilian “slaughter”, “many other Russian-occupied cities and Russian soldiers must feel. There are other cities that are still occupying the place and are now committing more atrocities. “

18:10

Tomorrow, Kyiv’s von der Leyen

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced that he will be traveling to Kieu tomorrow. “The Ukrainians deserve our solidarity, which is why we are going to Kyiv tomorrow,” she said at a press conference in Stockholm. “I want to send a message of unwavering support to the Ukrainians and their courageous battle for our common values,” she said.

17:54

UN General Assembly suspends Russia from the UN Human Rights Council

The UN General Assembly, consisting of 193 member states, received 93 votes in favor and suspended Russia from the seats of the UN Human Rights Council over the invasion of Ukraine in a vote reflecting the erosion of international unity against Moscow. ..

Twenty-four countries voted against the US-initiated suspension (the second in UN history after the expulsion of Libya in 2011). And 58 countries abstained, but the abstention, a choice condemned by Kyiv, was not considered by a majority of two-thirds of the votes in favor and against.

17:34

7.3 billion euros frozen for Russians in Switzerland

Russia’s assets frozen in Switzerland now amount to CHF 7.5 billion (€ 7.3 billion), according to senior officials from the Ministry of Economy. At the end of March, Ambassador Erwin Bollinger, stationed at the National Economic Secretariat (Seco), said the initial estimate of the funds blocked since the invasion of Ukraine had reached the equivalent of CHF 5.75 billion. ..

17:15

Finland and Estonia are planning a floating terminal without gas in Russia

Finland and Estonia are planning to lease a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal ship as part of Russia’s gas-free efforts, the two countries announced Thursday. Finland’s economic minister, Mika Lintilä, said on Twitter: “This will ensure demand for industrial gas even if gas imports from Russia stop.”

16:36

Sergei Labrov is an “accomplice to Russian crime” for his Ukrainian counterpart.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has accused Russia’s Sergey Viklov of being an “accomplice to a crime” committed by Russian troops.

“The fact that he justifies the bombing of Mariupol’s hospitals and the war crimes committed in Bucha and other towns and villages in Ukraine makes him an accomplice to these crimes,” he said in a press conference. Said in. After meeting with NATO diplomatic directors in Brussels.

16:04

Investigating the Bucha massacre is the “next step” for the United Nations.

Investigating the death situation of civilian-dressed people, found dead in Butcha by Ukrainian authorities after the withdrawal of Russian troops, is the “next step,” said Martin Griffiths, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. The president said. Humanitarian issues.

15:40

The story of “casting a shadow” by the Bucha massacre

Images of the slaughter in Butcha or Irpin near Kyiv “cover” the negotiations initiated between Russia and Ukraine and regret Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevrut Chabsogur. Turkey hosted two direct negotiations, the final of which took place in Istanbul on March 29, but “unfortunately the positive atmosphere from both sides cast a shadow.”

15:31

Ukraine demands NATO weapons “now” or “it’s too late”

“There is no doubt that Ukraine has the weapons it needs to fight. When is the problem?” After meeting with NATO counterparts, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba demanded that Westerners stop buying Russian oil and gas with the same urgency.

15:01

Greece produces more coal

Greece will double its lignite production over the next two years to reduce Russia’s dependence on gas, Greek government spokesman Janis Economou said. “Lignite is contaminated and natural gas is cheaper under normal circumstances,” he explains.

14:46

South African President Calls Security Council “Overwhelmed”

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa attacked the UN Security Council after being criticized for refusing to strongly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

For the South African president, the Ukrainian conflict “embossed the inability of the UN Security Council to fulfill its mission of maintaining peace and security at the international level.” According to him, “the current composition of the UN Security Council is outdated and does not represent the world,” and “at a disadvantage to emerging economies.”

14:36

Zelensky urges Greece to “exercise its influence” within the EU

In a live speech to the Greek Parliament, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “uses its influence” as a member of the European Union to support Mariupol, a city “almost destroyed” by Russian troops. I urge Greece to do so. “Mariupol needs immediate help, especially through humanitarian aid,” he said. “Russians are attacking with land, air and sea forces, but with Greek help we win.” Says. Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsutakis.

14:22

Kieu calls on Moscow to reduce “degree of hostility” in negotiations

“If we want to show that Moscow is ready for dialogue, we must reduce the level of hostility,” said Mihairo, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is also a member of the Ukrainian delegation in charge of discussions with Russia.・ Podriak said.

14:07

New evidence of civilian massacre?

According to the daily Der Spiegel, German intelligence intercepted radio messages from Russian soldiers who mentioned the killings of Ukrainian civilians. However, the place of origin has not been clarified.

13:57

G7 wants to increase pressure

At the end of the meeting in Brussels, the G7 Foreign Minister assures Russia that “the genocide committed in Butcha and other Ukrainian cities will be added to the list of atrocities and serious violations of international law.” .. “It is important to increase the economic pressure on Russia and Belarus,” they continued in a press release, not detailing the new sanctions.

13:45

Has the person responsible for the Bucha massacre been identified?

13:39

MEP demands gas embargo

In a resolution adopted by the overwhelming majority, the European Parliament calls for imposing a “complete and immediate” embargo on the import of “oil, coal, nuclear fuel and gas” from Russia. With this resolution, MEP also calls for “strengthening the delivery of weapons to Ukraine.” However, some countries have repeatedly expressed their reservations for such embargoes. European Foreign Ministers will discuss new sanctions on Monday.

13:35

Viklov’s accusation

Russia has accused Ukraine of returning to the proposal made during the talks in Istanbul, said Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Viklov. “The inability to find a negotiated agreement is a sign of Kieu’s true intention. The line is aimed at pulling out and even derailing the negotiations by rejecting the agreement reached. I blame you on the video.

13:29

Belarus wants to participate in negotiations

The President of Belarus, Russia’s main ally, has demanded that he participate in negotiations on Ukraine’s “war”, using terms banned by Moscow. “We see this as a war in the immediate vicinity of our country, and it has a profound effect on the situation in Belarus. That is why there should be no agreement behind Belarus. Alexandre Lukaschenko argues at a Security Council meeting.