US bans Russian oil imports in latest response to Ukraine invasion
President Joe Biden: “Today I’m announcing the United States is targeting the main artery of Russia’s economy. We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy. That means Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at U.S. ports, and the American people will deal another powerful blow to Putin’s war machine.
Gwen Baumgardner: PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCING MORE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA, FOLLOWING ITS INVASION OF UKRAINE.
UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY IS NOW ASKING OTHER COUNTRIES TO DO THE SAME…AND COMMIT TO BANNING OIL IMPORTS FROM RUSSIA.
FOLLOWING BIDEN’S SPEECH, THE UK ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD ALSO PHASE OUT RUSSIAN OIL IMPORTS BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.
EUROPEAN DEPENDENCE ON RUSSIAN ENERGY SOURCES IS MUCH HIGHER THAN THE U-S, SO SOME NATIONS ARE HESITANT TO FOLLOW SUIT.
MEANWHILE — A GRIM UPDATE ON THE INVASION OF UKRAINE.
THE U-N HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE — REPORTING NEARLY 500 DEATHS AND MORE THAN 800 INJURIES SINCE FEBRUARY 24TH. that’s the day russia invaded.
Elizabeth Throssell | Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “Most of the civilian casualties are from airstrikes and explosive weapons used by Russian forces with wide area effects, including heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems. As a result, hundreds of residential buildings in many cities, including Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Mariupol and Kyiv have been damaged and destroyed.”