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Ukraine war: ‘bloody battles’ inside Mariupol steelworks; another 344 civilians evacuated, says Zelenskiy – live

Ukraine MP says Russian troops are ‘already on the territory of Azovstal’; Russia announces daytime ceasefires on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

  • Fighting under way in Mariupol’s Azovstal plant, says Azov commander
  • Russian airstrikes target western arms arriving in Ukraine
  • EU says Putin must pay ‘high price’ as it proposes oil ban
  • Russian mercenaries linked to civilian massacres in Mali

Daniel Boffey reports for us from Brussels on the contents of Ursula von der Leyen’s speech to the European parliament:

The European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has been detailing her proposal to the member states on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine, which includes a total ban on oil imports.

She has listed the main themes of the proposal.

This will be a complete import ban on all Russian oil, seaborne and pipeline, crude and refined. We will make sure that we phase out Russian oil in an orderly fashion, in a way that allows us and our partners to secure alternative supply routes and minimises the impact on global markets. This is why we will phase out Russian supply of crude oil within six months and refined products by the end of the year.

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