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EU to unveil Russian oil sanctions as evacuees recall Azovstal horror

Russia continued attacks on east Ukraine as head of British armed forces criticises ‘shocking intelligence failures’ in Putin’s military campaign

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The European Union is expected to outline oil sanctions against Moscow as Russia continued its attacks on eastern Ukraine and unleashed rockets on a steel plant that is the last redoubt for resistance in the port city of Mariupol.

The attacks came as the head of the UK armed forces criticised the Kremlin’s military campaign, characterised by “shocking intelligence failures”.

The mayor of Lviv said Russian missile strikes had damaged electricity and water networks in the western city near the Polish border, across which flows western arms supplies for Ukraine’s military.

Russian forces also struck six railway stations in the centre and west of the country, the head of Ukraine’s railways, Olesksandr Kamyshin, said. There were no injuries to civilians, he added on Twitter.

A Russian tycoon, who previously condemned Moscow’s “insane war” in Ukraine, says he has been punished by the Kremlin for his stance and accused Russia of slipping into archaism. In an emotional post on Instagram in April, Oleg Tinkov, 54, said that “90% of Russians” were against the Kremlin’s “massacre” in Ukraine.

Russia has said it will boycott a UN security council meeting set for Wednesday with the EU’s Political and Security Committee (PSC). According to a Russian diplomatic source speaking anonymously to AFP on Tuesday, Moscow’s decision is linked to the situation in Ukraine.

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