Update on the situation at 11 pm
The European Union approves an embargo on Russian coal. As part of a fifth salvo of sanctions against Moscow, representatives of the European Union (EU) decided on Thursday an embargo on Russian coal and the closure of European ports to Russian ships. this package “very substantial” it also provides for a ban on exports to Russia, in particular of high-tech products, up to ten billion euros, and new sanctions against Russian banks. This is the first time that the Europeans hit the Russian energy sector. This embargo will come into force at the beginning of August, 120 days after the publication of the new package in the EU’s official journal scheduled for Friday.
Russia suspended from the UN Human Rights Council. The General Assembly of the United Nations Organization (UN), made up of 193 member countries, suspended Russia from its seat in the UN Human Rights Council for the invasion of Ukraine, in a vote that collected 93 votes in favor and reflected an erosion of international unity vis-à-vis Moscow. Twenty-four countries voted against this suspension, initiated by the United States. 58 countries abstained but the abstentions were not taken into account in the required two-thirds majority between the only votes for and against.
Estonia will stop importing Russian gas. The country will stop importing Russian gas and will instead lease a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal to Finland by the fall. However, the Estonian government, which says it wants to buy 1 terawatt-hour of supply, has not set a date for the end of gas imports from Russia.
At least “5,000” civilians killed in Mariupol. the “new mayor” proclaimed by the pro-Russian forces in Mariupol, Konstantin Ivashchenko announced on Thursday that“about 5,000 people” he had died among the civilian population of this Ukrainian city, besieged for weeks by the Russian army and its separatist allies. “Around 60 to 70% of the housing stock has been totally or partially destroyed”added Mr. Ivashchenko, appointed head of the city on Wednesday by Denis Pushilin, leader of the Donetsk separatists. The estimates of the Ukrainian authorities are higher.
Twenty-six bodies extracted from the rubble in Borodianka. Twenty-six bodies have been extracted by Ukrainian rescuers from the rubble of two bombed-out apartment buildings in Borodianka, northwest of kyiv, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova announced. According to her, it is “the most destroyed city in the region” of the capital, adding that” the [était] It is difficult to predict how many deaths there will be. altogether in Borodyanka, where “only the civilian population was attacked”. The situation in this city has been described by the President of Ukraine as “much more horrible” than in Boucha.
“Last chance” for civilians to evacuate the east of the country. The next few days will be for civilians in eastern Ukraine “the last opportunity” evacuate the area, local authorities warned. “All free cities in the Luhansk region are under enemy fire”its governor, Serhi Haïdaï, warned on Facebook, specifying that the Russians “we are in the process of cutting off all possible exit routes”. Eastern Ukraine is now the Kremlin’s priority target.