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Westerners tightened their positions on Wednesday after the discovery of several bodies in Bucha near the Ukrainian capital as Russian bombing continues in several areas of strategic importance. Follow our lives on the war in Ukraine.
9:20 am: Sanctions on Russian oil and gas will be ‘necessary sooner or later
European Council President Charles Michel said sanctions on Russian oil and gas will be “necessary sooner or later”.
We are tightening our sanctions in order to maintain maximum pressure on the Kremlin.
The new package includes a ban on coal imports.
And I believe that measures related to oil, and even gas, will also be necessary sooner or later. pic.twitter.com/bhc9NGu4as
– Charles Michel (@eucopresident) April 6 2022
>> To read: If Russian gas exports stop, “Moscow will lose more than Europe.”
9:05 am: The Netherlands has frozen 14 yachts due to sanctions against Russia
The Dutch foreign minister said the Dutch customs authorities have seized 14 yachts in shipyards, including 12 yachts under construction and two under maintenance, targeted by sanctions against Russia. “In light of the current procedures, these vessels cannot be delivered, transported or exported at the moment,” Woebke Hoekstra said in a letter to the Dutch parliament.
8:45 am: The Russian army destroyed an oil depot near the Dnieper
The local authorities announced that an oil depot near the Dnieper in eastern Ukraine was bombed and destroyed by the Russian army from Tuesday night until Wednesday, without causing any casualties. The governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region Valentin Reznichenko said: “It was a difficult night. The enemy attacked from the air, hitting an oil depot and a factory. The warehouse was destroyed (…) and a heavy fire destroyed the factory.” on Telegram.
8:30 a.m.: Turkey calls for an investigation into the Boca bodies
The Turkish Foreign Ministry wrote in a press release, calling for an independent investigation.
Aside from a tweet from the Turkish embassy in Ukraine published on April 4, this statement is the first official reaction from Ankara, after dozens of bodies were found in mass graves or on the streets over the weekend.
8:25 am: In Kharkiv, the bombing continues
In Kharkiv, the second city in Ukraine, fighting has continued since the beginning of the Russian invasion. “Every day, homes, hospitals and schools are bombarded from the air,” says Romeo Langlois, the city’s special envoy.
Our decoding at 7:45 a.m.: Russians redeploy in southeastern Ukraine
After the recent withdrawal of Russian forces besieging Kyiv and its region, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg estimated on Tuesday that Russia is strengthening itself in order to “control the whole of Donbass”, in eastern Ukraine, and establish a “land bridge”. Crimea, which was annexed by Moscow in 2014.
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6:30 am: Towards new sanctions against Moscow
The United States intends to adopt new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, in coordination with the European Union and the Group of Seven, specifically targeting Ban “all new investment” in RussiaAccording to a source familiar with the matter.
The European Union, for its part, promised to impose new sanctions “this week” on Russia. The European Commission has proposed that the 27 countries halt purchases of Russian coal, which accounts for 45% of EU imports, and close their ports to Russian-operated ships.
3:21 am: The United States will provide an additional $100 million in aid to Ukraine
The United States will provide additional security assistance to 100 million dollars (91.8 million euros) for Ukraine, which will include anti-tank systems, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Tuesday.