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Biden announces ban on Russian gold imports; Kyiv stuck by missiles: Live Ukraine updates

Biden announces ban on Russian gold imports; Kyiv stuck by missiles: Live Ukraine updates


President Joe Biden introduced Sunday that the U.S. will ban new imports of Russian gold because it tries to choke off Russian sources used to proceed the conflict in Ukraine.

Biden is in Germany to fulfill with the leaders of France, Germany, Canada, the U.Okay., Italy and Japan, which kind the financial alliance referred to as the Group of Seven. Different G-7 nations are anticipated to affix the U.S. in banning Russian gold. The White Home says gold is second solely to vitality amongst Russian exports – nearly $19 billion in 2020. About 90% of Russia’s gold exports are to G-7 nations, the overwhelming majority of it to Britain.

“America has imposed unprecedented prices on Putin to disclaim him the income he must fund his conflict towards Ukraine,” Biden mentioned in a tweet on Sunday. “Collectively, the G7 will announce that we are going to ban the import of Russian gold, a serious export that rakes in tens of billions of {dollars} for Russia.”

MAPPING AND TRACKING: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Newest developments:

►Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko says Russia has attacked the Ukrainian capital with missiles. Biden, requested for his response to the most recent Russian strike, mentioned “it’s extra of their barbarism.” (See extra under)

►4 medium-range American rocket launchers arrived in Ukraine this week, and 4 extra are on the best way. The Ukrainian Protection Ministry launched a video exhibiting the primary use of the Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Methods, or HIMARS, in Ukraine. The video gave no location or indication of the targets. The rockets can journey about 45 miles.

►4 Russian cruise missiles fired from the Black Sea hit a “army object” in Yaroviv, Lviv regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy mentioned. Yaroviv has a army base used for coaching fighters, together with foreigners who’ve volunteered to battle for Ukraine.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko warned that an impostor posing as him known as a number of mayors through video round Europe. The German publication Bild reported that Mayor of Vienna, Austria, was not conscious he was speaking to a faux Klitschko throughout the complete name. The mayors of Madrid and Berlin figured it out after prolonged conversations, Bild mentioned. Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey requested the State Legal Police Workplace to research.

“It is a instrument of contemporary warfare,” she mentioned.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned Sunday throughout an look on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Russian President Vladimir Putin has “already failed” in his try to overturn Ukraine. “His strategic goal was to finish Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, to erase it from the map, to subsume it in Russia. That has failed,” he mentioned, including {that a} “sovereign unbiased Ukraine goes to be round loads longer than Vladimir Putin is on the scene.” 

The Related Press reported that Russia was advancing in jap Ukraine and in addition launched assaults in a single day that hit two residential buildings and a kindergarten in Kyiv. Russia’s invasion started in February with a mechanized march on Kyiv that failed, forcing Russia to show its consideration to the east. Blinken mentioned the missile assaults on Kyiv have been designed to “terrorize” Ukrainians.

“Ever since Putin misplaced the battle for Kyiv, he needed to shift his focus,” Blinken mentioned, including that Russian forces have “launched missiles at a distance to terrorize folks.”

– Merdie Nzanga

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