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War in Ukraine: the situation in Borodyanka, near kyiv, is “much more terrible” than in Boutcha, says Zelensky

Twenty-Seven representatives decided Thursday Russian coal embargo and the closure of European ports for Russian ships, as part of a fifth of sanctions against Moscow, the French presidency of the EU Council has announced.

This package “very substantial” It also provides for a ban on exports to Russia, in particular high – tech goods, of up to € 10 billion, and new sanctions against Russian banks, according to the same source. It was recommended by the Commission after the discovery of dozens of civilian bodies last weekend in Boutcha, near Kyiv.

This is the first time that Europeans have hit the Russian energy sector, on which they depend heavily, especially for gas. The EU imports 45% of its coal from Russia worth 4 billion euros a year. This embargo will take effect at the beginning of August, 120 days after the publication of the new package in the official EU journal expected on Friday.

The list of Russian products banned from importing into the EU is also expanded to a certain number “Raw materials and critical materials” at an estimated value of 5.5 billion euros per year, to stop funding the Moscow war effort. The arms embargo decided in 2014 following the annexation of Crimea is also being strengthened by the EU.

In addition, Russian and Belarusian road hauliers are now banned in the EU, the French presidency states in a series of tweets.

Sanctions are also addressed “oligarchs, Russian propaganda activists (…) and entities” linked to Russia ‘s attack on Ukraine, according to the same source. The Commission’s proposal submitted to the Twenty-seven provides for the extension of the EU blacklist to more than 200 names of individuals, including Russian oligarchs and Vladimir Putin’s two daughters, as well as 18 entities, according to documents which was consulted by AFP.

Oligarchs or businessmen, close to Putin, such as Oleg Deripaska, Sergueï Tchémézov (Rostec), Boris and Igor Rotenberg, brother and son of billionaire Arkadi Rotenberg, German Gref, the boss of the first Russian bank Sberbank, appear in this document because of their support for activities “endangers territorial integrity” from Ukraine. It also focuses on the Deripaska company which produces knot vehicles for the army. There are also many officials from the pro-Russian separatist republics of Lugansk and Donetsk.

European blacklists allow entities and entities by banning entry into the EU and freezing their assets. This list, created after the annexation of Crimea, contained the names of 877 persons and 62 entities prior to this fifth set of measures. The head of Vladimir Putin, whose assets are frozen, has been in place since late February.

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