Russia and Belarus target of new European sanctions

Update at 11am

  • EU extends sanctions against Moscow and Minsk. from

The Twenty-seven have decided to extend their sanctions against Moscow and Minsk after the invasion of Ukraine, notably by disconnecting three Belarusian banks from the international financial platform Swift, the French presidency of the Council of the EU announced.

Meeting in Brussels, member states representatives also adopted new sanctions targeting the maritime sector and cryptocurrencies, adding Russian leaders and oligarchs to their blacklist, she said, measures designed to complete the three sets of sanctions imposed by the government. EU has adopted in the past two weeks .

  • Civil evacuation corridors

Russians and Ukrainians agreed on Wednesday morning to respect the ceasefire around a series of humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk confirmed that an agreement has been reached with the Russians on the construction between 9am and 9pm local time (8am and 8pm in Paris) of six humanitarian corridors around areas affected by the attack in recent days. fights. sometimes force citizens to remain hidden in cellars for days.

In particular, corridors have been defined to evacuate civilians from Energodar to Zaporozhe, from Izium to Lozova and from Sumy to Poltava, where a corridor had already enabled the evacuation of thousands of civilians on Tuesday.

Several corridors are also to be built to evacuate civilians to Kiev from several heavily bombed cities west of the capital, including Boutcha, Irpin and Gostomel.

  • Shooting and shelling in Severodonetsk and Malyn

At least 10 people were killed in Russian fire on Tuesday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, the head of the Luhansk administrative region said on Wednesday. According to him, the Russian army “open fire” especially in residential houses.

The Russian army also bombed the small town of Malyn, west of Kiev, on Tuesday evening, where five people, including two babies, died after the destruction of seven houses, according to Ukrainian relief.

  • The issue of the Polish MiG-29s

Washington on Tuesday rejected Poland’s proposal to make its MiG-29 aircraft available to the United States and then deliver them to Ukraine to help it handle the Russian invasion.

“The prospect of jets ‘at the disposal of the United States Government’ departing from a United States/NATO base in Germany and flying into disputed airspace with Russia over Ukraine is a major concern for all of NATO.”Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

  • Fear of nuclear and biological fallout
  • Remote monitoring systems for nuclear material at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have stopped transmitting data to the International Atomic Energy Agency (AEIA). The United States has also said it fears that Russian troops could “Take Control” structures of “biological research” in Ukraine and seize sensitive materials.

  • Embargo on Russian oil and gas, shortages in Russia
  • President Joe Biden has announced that he has imposed an embargo on US imports of Russian oil and gas. This decision has been made “in close consultation” with American allies, he said. The United Kingdom will stop importing Russian crude oil and petroleum products by the end of 2022, the government has announced.

    The sale of foreign currency in Russia will be suspended until September 9, the Russian Central Bank announced on Wednesday. Rating agency Fitch has again downgraded its rating for Russian debt, a move it believes poses the risk of sovereign default “threatening”

    Russian pharmacies are already running out of insulin and other diabetes products that are made abroad, the Russian daily reported on Wednesday. Kommersantwhich describes a shortage of raw materials for the manufacture of medicines.