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  • EU prepares ‘mechanisms’ to sanction Russian oil
  • Zelensky calls Mariupol’s situation ‘inhumane’
  • Community kitchen in Kharkiv hit by Russian missile

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EU prepares ‘mechanisms’ to sanction Russian oil

The EU is working on the next wave of sanctions against Russia that would affect the country’s banking and energy sectors, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told Sunday’s edition of the German newspaper. Picture newspaper.

This includes “smart mechanisms to allow oil to be included in the next stage” of sanctions, von der Leyen said.

The measures would also target Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank which alone accounts for 37% of the country’s banking sector. The EU has already added Sberbank chief Herman Gref to its sanctions list.

The EU official also said Russia’s bankruptcy was only a matter of time.

“Putin is destroying his own country and the future of its people with this war,” she told the popular newspaper.

Zelensky says situation in Mariupol remains dire

During his Saturday evening video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the situation in the beleaguered southeastern port city of Mariupol remained extremely serious.

Zelenskyy called the situation “just inhuman” and said, “Russia is deliberately trying to destroy everyone in Mariupol.”

Russian forces claim that the city’s last defenders are now entrenched in the city’s Azovstal steelworks.

Russian missile hits community kitchen in Kharkiv

A Russian missile hit a community kitchen set up by World Central Kitchen, an aid organization created by celebrity Spanish-American chef Jose Andres to provide food aid in disaster and war-torn areas.

Andres tweeted that the staff was fine but shaken. He added: “Russian attacks must stop against civilian buildings, markets, churches and schools, etc.”

World Central Kitchen said it has installed kitchens in 30 cities across Ukraine, providing nearly 300,000 meals a day.

Summary of the events of Russia’s war against Ukraine on Saturday

Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine could result in two documents, one to be signed with Ukraine’s partners and the other with Russia, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The one with partner countries would guarantee Ukraine’s security, he told reporters.

After meeting Vladimir Putin earlier this week, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer told US broadcaster NBC that the Russian president was “in his own logic of war”.

“I think he believes he’s winning the war,” Nehammer said.

Major General Vladimir Frolov, deputy commander of the 8th Army, whose forces besieged the port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, was buried in Saint Petersburg.

Russian officials also released a video of what they say are sailors from the Moskva missile cruiser that sank two days ago. Ukraine says it hit the ship with a Neptune missile, although it sank while being towed to port.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it destroyed buildings belonging to an armored vehicle production plant in kyiv.

The UK will send armored vehicles to Ukraine “in the coming days”, according to a statement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office. Moscow said it was imposing an entry ban on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as well as several other senior British officials.

The Swiss government has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to exclude Russian and Belarusian officials from leading positions in international sports federations. Sports and Defense Minister Viola Amherd wrote in a letter that a measure to exclude athletes from both countries from international competitions does not go far enough.

Several sports associations, including the IOC, football governing body FIFA, European football governing body UEFA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), have their headquarters in Switzerland.

ar/sri (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)


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