The European Union wants to toughen its sanctions against Russia | War in Ukraine

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The European Union wants to toughen its sanctions against Russia | War in Ukraine

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has sent her recommendations to the 27 member countries.

As Moscow is accused of deploying launchers to fire missiles from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, European Union (EU) foreign ministers will debate on Monday of tougher sanctions against Russia.

The governor of the Dnipro region, Valentyn Reznichenko, denounced on Saturday a deluge of fire on the territory of Nikopol, with the firing of missiles of the Grad type on residential areas. Rescuers found two people dead under the ruins, he said.

EU ministers will have to consider, among other things, a proposal from the European Commission to ban gold purchases from Russia to bring their sanctions in line with those of its G7 partners.

The largest buyer of Russian gold is the United Kingdom with 290 tons in 2020 for an amount of 16.9 billion US dollars, according to indications from Russian customs.

The cost of the war is also felt for the rest of the world, argued the Western countries of the G7 meeting at the Bali Summit, which however ended on Saturday without a joint press release, for lack of consensus on this point.< /p>

According to a senior European official, during an initial discussion in Brussels on these new sanctions, no decision is expected.

Another proposal aims to put new Russian personalities on the EU blacklist.

Moscow must continue to pay a high price for its aggression, said the president of European Commission Ursula von der Leyen after forwarding the new proposed measures to the 27 Commissioners.

In Ukraine, the national nuclear energy operator has accused the Russian army of having installed missile launchers on the very site of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, in an area which is under its control since March.

The situation is extremely tense and the tension is increasing day by day. The occupiers are bringing there … missile systems with which they have already struck across [the Dnieper River] and into the territory of Nikopol, 80 kilometers southwest of Zaporizhia, claimed Petro Kotin, president of Energoatom, on Telegram.

According to him, about 500 Russian soldiers are on the site of this Ukrainian power plant, the largest in Europe.

On Friday evening, the army of the Russian army Ukrainian Air Force had reported that Russian Kh-101 missiles had been fired from the Caspian Sea at Dnipro around 10 p.m. local time.

The Southern Region Command Center said on Saturday that the situation was tense but under control.

The enemy continues to carry out offensives […] but, lacking success on the ground, he is intensifying missile and air strikes, he claimed on Facebook.

Further north, near Kharkiv, the country's second largest city, the city of Chugiv was hit Friday evening by Russian missiles which killed three people, announced Oleg Sinegoubov, the governor of the region.

In the east, on Friday evening, Kramatorsk, the main city of the Donbass basin still under Ukrainian control, in the Donetsk region, had also suffered several bombardments.

The x27;Ukraine and its Western allies also remain reeling from cruise missile strikes that devastated the center of Vinnytsia on Thursday, hundreds of kilometers west of the front.

The toll of this attack was raised on Saturday to 24 dead. Sadly, a woman died in hospital today from 85% burns, Vinnytsia Region Governor Sergiy Borzov said, adding that 68 people continue to receive treatment, including four children.

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In the face of international condemnation, the Russian Defense Ministry claims to have targeted a meeting of the Ukrainian Air Force Command with representatives of foreign arms suppliers in Vinnytsia .

A senior US defense official, however, said on condition of anonymity that he had no indication of the presence of a nearby military target.

In the Donbass, the separatist forces and the Russian army claimed to continue to advance and to be in the process of taking complete control of the city of Siversk, attacked after the capture of Lysychansk, further to the east. x27;est, earlier this month

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that Minister Sergei Shoigu visited soldiers involved in the offensive in Ukraine, without specifying the date of this visit, the second after a first in June, or whether it had taken place in Ukraine or Russia.

He gave the instructions necessary to further increase military pressure, the ministry added.

Russia has never acknowledged any blunders or crimes by its armed forces in Ukraine and has always make sure to only hit military targets.

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