© Reuters. Local residents walk past a building destroyed during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko
(Reuters) – The United States and its allies on Wednesday prepared new sanctions against Moscow over the killings of civilians in northern Ukraine, which President Volodymyr Zelenskiy described as a “war crime.” and demand commensurate punishment.
* Ukraine’s human rights inspector said between 150 and 300 bodies could be in a mass grave of a church in the northern town of Bucha, where Ukraine accuses Russian troops of killing civilians.
* Russia called the accusations from Bucha a “monstrous spoof” aimed at smearing the Russian military. Russia’s UN ambassador told the Security Council Russia’s military is not targeting civilians, dismissing accusations of abuse as lies.
* Uncontrollable sobs, Serhii Lahovskyi crouched over the wrapped body of his closest childhood friend, who disappeared when Russian troops occupied the Ukrainian town of Bucha near Kyiv and was found shot in the head and dumped in a stairwell.
* Russia may soon launch a new offensive in the Donbas region, eastern Ukraine, said Stoltenberg, the head of NATO.
* Russia’s Defense Ministry says its forces will “liberate” the port of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine from Ukrainian “nationalists”.
* A Dominican-flagged cargo ship has sunk in the besieged southern Ukraine port of Mariupol after being hit by a Russian missile, the ship’s flag registry said.
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* Sanctions the United States and its allies announced on Wednesday will target Russian banks and officials and ban investment in Russia, the White House said, after officials in Washington and Kyiv announced forcing Moscow to commit war crimes in Bucha.
* The European Commission proposes new sanctions including a ban on Russian coal imports and a trade halt of nearly 20 billion euros ($22 billion) in retaliation for possible war crimes in Ukraine. .
* American chip manufacturer Intel Corp (NASDAQ:) said it had suspended business in Russia, the same number of companies that left the country after the invasion of Ukraine.
* Thousands of auto workers have been laid off and food prices skyrocketed as Western sanctions hit the tiny Russian city of Kaluga and its top foreign carmakers.
* People can still only flee Mariupol on foot or by private car as efforts to organize mass evacuations by bus to safer regions of Ukraine have failed, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister said. know.
* “Every euro, every penny that you get from Russia or you send to Russia has blood, that’s blood and the blood of this coin is the blood of Ukrainians,” Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said.
Zelenskiy said of considering negotiating with Russia: “The challenge is internal, first of all, it is one’s own challenge, one’s own. “Then when you pull yourself together, and you have to do it, I think we have no choice.”
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