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Ukraine applied for membership less than a week after Moscow invaded on Feb. 24. The decision by the 27-nation bloc to grant Ukraine candidate status Thursday was uncharacteristically rapid.
In the most significant effort yet to punish Russia for its war in Ukraine, the European Union agreed to ban the overwhelming majority of Russian oil imports.
The European Union's chief executive has called on the 27-nation bloc to ban oil imports from Russia in a sixth package of sanctions over the war in Ukraine.
The United States has announced sanctions targeting Russian President Vladimir Putin's two adult daughters and says it's toughening penalties against Russian banks in retaliation for "war crimes" in Ukraine.
The European Union's executive branch has proposed a ban on coal imports from Russia in what would be the first sanctions targeting the country's lucrative energy industry over its war in Ukraine.
China is renewing its criticism of Western sanctions against Russia and says it won't be forced to choose sides in the conflict in Ukraine.
The European Commission has recommended that the bloc's 27 nations end golden passport schemes that allow wealthy people — among them Russian oligarchs — to buy their way to EU citizenship.
The European Union says it will continue applying pressure on Russia by devising a new set of sanctions to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine while stepping up military support for Kyiv.
The West and its allies showed no inclination to send troops into Ukraine — a non-member of NATO — and risk a wider European war. But they began to take steps aimed at isolating Moscow and forcing it to pay…
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU is well prepared to fight omicron with 66.6 percent of its population fully vaccinated.
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