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Ukraine war EU plans Russian oil ban and war crimes sanctions

The EU has come up with its toughest plan yet against Russia, including a ban on all oil imports and sanctions on war crimes suspects.

She said the package was meant to put more pressure on Russia while minimising damage to Europe.

It will be done in six months, she said.

Those in the military who are accused of war crimes in Bucha and Mariupol will also be punished in new ways.

“We know who you are, and you will be held accountable,” said Ms. von der Leyen on Wednesday.

How to get rid of Russian oil and gas has been the EU’s main focus for a long time now. It already said it would cut gas imports by two-thirds by the end of 2022, and now it wants to cut crude oil imports by half by the end of 2022.

“We will make sure that we phase out Russian oil in an orderly way,” the head of the Commission said.

Slovakia and Hungary, which currently get their oil from Russia, would get an extra year to find new sources. A spokesman for the Hungarian government said they had not yet seen plans or guarantees for a new country to take over.

First, the EU ambassadors have to sign off on the package. It should be signed off in the next few days.

The government is going after Russian banks and TV shows.

Soon after Russia invaded Ukraine, the EU stopped broadcasting two networks, RT and Sputnik, that talked about the country in different languages. Three of the biggest Russian state-run broadcasters have now been hit by it. It can be seen on cable TV, satellite TV, a smartphone, or online.

“We have found these TV channels to be mouthpieces for Putin’s lies and propaganda,” said Ms. von der Leyen. A lot of people watch the Russian-language channels of state-owned VGTRK, which owns the three networks.

She also said that European accountants, lawyers, and spin doctors would not be able to help Russian businesses get European services through them.

Russian banks have already been hit by sanctions, but the biggest bank of them all, Sberbank, hasn’t been on the list. This is because it was thought to be important for paying for Russian gas. There are a lot of Sberbank’s, and they make up more than a third of Russia’s banks. They are now set to be removed from the SWIFT global financial messaging system. In the proposals, there are also two other Russian banks.

This isn’t the first time the Kremlin has been hit with sanctions. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is said to be on the latest list, along with the family of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“We want Ukraine to win,” he says.

The head of the European Commission also talked about plans to help Ukraine deal with the huge cost of the war and the damage it has done to its economy.

She said that Europe has a “very special responsibility” to Ukraine and needs to pay for the huge drop in its economic output and wider reconstruction.

She said it will be made up so that it can help the Ukrainian economy and fight corruption.

This war should be won, but we also want to set the stage for Ukraine’s success after the war.

Besides, the EU said it would give more money to Moldova, which is under threat from Russian soldiers who live in the breakaway region of Transnistria, which is part of Moldova. EU President Charles Michel told Moldovan President Maia Sandu in Chisinau: “We will keep working with you to bring your country closer to the EU.”

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