Towards new sanctions, Pope Francis denounces ‘persecution’

► New sanctions against Russia, additional assistance to Ukraine

The United States, in coordination with the European Union and the G7, will adopt new sanctions against Russia, aimed specifically at prohibition, on Wednesday, April 6th. “new investment” In this country, according to a source familiar with the subject.

The European Commission, on the other hand, proposed to 27 on Tuesday to stop purchases of Russian coal, which accounts for 45% of EU imports, and to close European ports to Russian ships or vessels operated by the Russians.

“I think oil and even gas related measures will be necessary sooner or later”, the President of the European Council Charles Michel declared on Wednesday before members of the European Parliament meet in Strasbourg. But a possible embargo on oil and gas, the subject of fierce debate among member states, Berlin has openly expressed its reluctance.

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Dutch customs authorities have immobilized 14 yachts at shipyards targeted by sanctions against Russia, the Dutch foreign minister said on Wednesday. Luxury ships built for them, “Russian stakeholders”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned Ukraine in a speech to the Irish Parliament on Wednesday.“instability” It was stated that some leaders urged the EU to further tighten its measures regarding the initiation of sanctions against Russia.

► Civilians “intentionally targeted” in Boutcha

A spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said the footage left little doubt about the abuses committed in the Ukrainian town of Boutcha, where dozens of bodies were found after the withdrawal of Russian troops. “All indications are that the victims were deliberately targeted and directly killed. And this evidence is very disturbing.”pointed.

Regarding these massacres, Pope Francis said Wednesday from the Vatican, “Increasingly terrible cruelty” Who is on strike in Ukraine “including against civilians”.

After the meeting between President Emmanuel Macron and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday evening, the Elysee Palace also announced that France will offer financial and human resources to support investigations into these massacres attributed to Russian forces. Meanwhile, Turkey has joined the global outcry by calling for an independent investigation into the bodies found in Boutcha.

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The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergey Lavrov, said that the bodies were found in Boucha. “provocation” It aims to derail the ongoing negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow.

► Explosions in Lviv, civilians killed in eastern Ukraine

Two civilians were killed and five injured in a bomb attack on a aid distribution center in Vougledar, eastern Ukraine, the governor of the Donetsk region announced on Wednesday.

Mariupol in the southeast, “It has passed the stage of humanitarian disaster”Confirmed the mayor of this city besieged by the Russian army.“uninhabitable” about 120,000 people are still in good condition.

An oil depot near Dnipro in eastern Ukraine was bombed and destroyed by the Russian army from Tuesday to Wednesday, according to local officials.

Russia is getting stronger “To take control of the whole Donbass”in eastern Ukraine and achieve “A land bridge with the Crimea”NATO Secretary General said it was annexed by Moscow in 2014.