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EU cuts Russian imports by 10% with new sanctions;  We “prefer” India to move away from Nam, Russia


Live updates from the Russia-Ukraine war:

Ukraine and its allies have blamed Russia for a missile attack that killed at least 52 people at a train station crowded with women, children and the elderly fleeing the threat of a Russian offensive in the east.

As regional authorities struggled to continue evacuating vulnerable people, European Union leaders traveled to Kyiv to offer their support to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and accelerate Ukraine’s path to EU membership. EU.

Zelensky called the strike in Kramatorsk, in the eastern Donetsk region, a deliberate attack on civilians. The town’s mayor estimated that around 4,000 people had gathered there at the time.

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Would rather India walk away from NAM, Russia: US diplomat

The United States would prefer India to move away from its long-term history of G77 partnership with Russia, the Biden administration has told lawmakers, observing that there is a big opportunity for defense trade with Russia. India. America’s relationship with India is highly critical, Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee during a congressional hearing earlier this week.

EU cuts Russian imports by 10% with sweeping new sanctions

The European Union formally adopted sweeping new sanctions against Russia on Friday, including import bans on coal, timber, chemicals and other products that are expected to cut total imports from Russia by at least 10%. from Moscow.

The measures also prevent many Russian ships and trucks from entering the EU, further crippling trade, and will ban all transactions with four Russian banks, including VTB.

The coal ban, the first the EU has imposed so far on any energy imports from Russia, will be fully effective from the second week of August. No new contract can be signed from Friday. Existing contracts will have to be terminated by the second week of August, which means Russia can continue to receive payments from the EU on coal exports until then.

“These latest sanctions were adopted following the atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha and other places under Russian occupation,” European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said in a statement.

US believes Russia used short-range ballistic missile in train station strike

The United States believes Russia used a short-range ballistic missile to strike a train station in eastern Ukraine on Friday, a senior US defense official said. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Pentagon believes Russian forces used an SS-21 Scarab missile in the attack, but the motivation for the attack was unclear.

The SS-21 is the name used by the NATO military alliance for a type of missile known as the Tochka in former Soviet states.

(Edited by : Kanishka Sarkar)

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