US & EU to Toughen Sanction against Russia

The US and the EU are set to impose more sanctions on Russia amid allegations of war crimes in the Ukrainian town of Bucha
Washington is reportedly considering measures targeting Putin’s two daughters and Russia’s largest bank.

The US has also announced it will step up military aid by sending $100m in Javelin anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine
Meanwhile, EU ambassadors are meeting to consider new sanctions, including a potential ban on imports of Russian coal
It comes after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky listed alleged Russian atrocities, in a speech to the UN Security Council
Showing a gruesome video, he claimed civilians had been shot in the streets, thrown into wells and crushed by tanks.

Russia denied any war crimes and its UN ambassador repeated debunked claims about bodies in Bucha.

European Union ambassadors are meeting today to decide whether to impose fresh sanctions on Russia.

Calls in the West for new measures to damage the Russian economy have intensified following allegations of war crimes in Ukraine. Moscow denies that its forces have committed atrocities.

Yesterday, European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen set out a list of proposals, including:

A ban on EU nations importing Russian coal worth €4bn (£3.3bn) a year, and a full ban on four top Russian banks
A ban on Russian ships entering EU ports (with some exemptions) and on Russian road transport operators
Bans on EU exports of some tech and machinery including advanced semiconductors, and on imports on Russian alcohol, seafood, and wood
A restriction on Russian companies competing for contracts across the EU

The EU was also working on other sanctions including on imports of Russian oil, von der Leyen said.

Fuel bans have so far proven a sticking point, with countries including Germany heavily reliant on buying from Russia.

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