President Joe Biden says decision to ban Russian oil and gas imports taken in ‘close consultation’ with allies.The US has announced a ban on Russian oil and other energy imports.
Ukrainian officials say civilians are being evacuated from the besieged areas of Irpin, near the capital, Kyiv, and northeastern Sumy.
Russia has declared another ceasefire and says a string of humanitarian corridors have been opened.
Moscow says evacuees will be allowed to travel to safer places in Ukraine after Kyiv rejected an earlier plan to funnel civilians to Russia and Belarus.
UN refugee chief says the number of people fleeing Russia’s offensive has reached two million.
Moscow threatens to close a major gas pipeline to Germany as Western powers weigh a ban on Russian oil.
British oil giant Shell to stop buying Russian crude and withdraw from involvement in the country’s hydrocarbons.
McDonald’s, L’Oreal close to Russia
Fast-food giant McDonald’s and cosmetics company L’Oreal have joined a growing tide of companies pulling out of Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
McDonald’s said it was temporarily closing its 850 restaurants in Russia and pausing all operations in the market. “We cannot ignore the needless human suffering unfolding in Ukraine,” the company said in a statement.
L’Oreal, which has 2,200 employees in the country, also closed its stores and e-commerce sites. “We strongly condemn the Russian invasion and the war in Ukraine, which is causing so much suffering to the Ukrainian people,” the French company said in a statement.
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RT challenges EU ban at Europe’s second top court
Russian state-controlled media outlet Russia Today has challenged an EU ban on its activities in the European Union, Europe’s second top court has said in a tweet.
The EU imposed the ban last week, accusing RT of systematic disinformation over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The sanction means EU operators will be prohibited from broadcasting, facilitating or otherwise contributing to the dissemination of any RT content.
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Russia lodges appeal against FIFA, UEFA bans: CAS
The Football Union of Russia has lodged appeals against the suspension of Russian national teams and clubs from all FIFA and UEFA competitions over the invasion of Ukraine, the sport’s top court has said.
The FUR is asking the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for a stay of execution for the suspensions, to allow Russia to play in a 2022 World Cup playoff against Poland at the end of this month.
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Zelenskyy addresses UK parliament, calls for support
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was given a standing ovation in a historic address to British MPs.
The Ukrainian president pushed for more Western action against Russia and called for humanitarian aid. “Do what you can, do what you must,” he said.
At least 50 children have been killed since the Russian invasion began, according to Ukrainian estimates. “They took our children, simply took them,” Zelenskyy said.