Japan pledges to ban imports of Russian crude oil ‘in principle’ as outrage grows over the bombing of a school in eastern Ukraine.
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is ‘appalled’ by the bombing of a school in eastern Ukraine that killed around 60 people and has called for civilians to be spared, his spokesperson has said. word.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said “evil has returned” to Ukraine after Russia invaded in a moving speech on VE Day in World War II.
- More than 170 civilians reached the town of Zaporizhzhia after being evacuated from Mariupol and the Azovstal steelworks where fighters vowed to continue fighting until the end.
- G7 leaders held a virtual meeting where they pledged to strengthen Moscow’s economic isolation and phase out the group’s dependence on Russian energy.
- US First Lady Jill Biden paid a surprise visit to her Ukrainian counterpart Olena Zelenska on Mother’s Day. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also made an unannounced trip to Ukraine where he met Zelenskyy.
Here are all the latest updates:
Lockheed Martin plans to nearly double Javelin missile production
US arms maker Lockheed Martin plans to nearly double production of Javelin missiles, the anti-tank weapon that helped Ukraine fight off the Russian invasion, according to its chief executive.
James Taiclet told CBS News on Sunday that his company’s goal is to increase production to 4,000 a year from the current 2,100 a year. The increase will take up to two years, he said.
The United States has sent Ukraine $3.4 billion worth of weapons since Russia’s February 24 invasion, including javelins as well as howitzers, Stinger anti-aircraft systems, ammunition and bulletproof vests.
“We can start ramping up heat now and ramping up production immediately,” Taiclet said, noting that the company anticipates increased demand for “enough numbers of superior systems.”
“We are planning for the long term and not just in the javelin,” he said, noting that he expects to see increased demand beyond the war in Ukraine due to threats from Russia and from China.
Japan to ‘in principle’ ban imports of Russian oil
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tokyo would “in principle” ban imports of Russian crude oil as part of a Group of Seven (G7) campaign to counter the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
He made the promise after an online meeting of G7 leaders on Sunday.
“For a country heavily dependent on energy imports, this is a very difficult decision. But G7 coordination is most important at a time like now,” Kishida said, according to a statement released by the Japanese government.
Russia ‘forgot’ everything that mattered to WWII victors: Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia had forgotten everything that mattered to the victors of World War II.
Denouncing Russia’s heavy shelling in the east of the country, including a strike on a school which he said killed 60 people, Zelenskyy said that as Moscow prepares to commemorate the Soviet Union’s defeat against Nazi Germany during World War II, Russian troops attack civilians in Ukraine.
“Russia has forgotten everything that was important to the victors of World War II,” Zelenskyy said in his evening speech.
“Civilians who simply hid in the school because of the shelling. It was a targeted hit at school. Another crime of the occupiers,” he said.
UK imposes new sanctions on Russia and Belarus
The UK imposes new sanctions on Russia and Belarus, including import duties on precious metals and export bans.
Import duties, including on platinum and palladium, will target trade worth 1.7 billion pounds ($2.10 billion) while export bans worth 250 million pounds ($310 million) will target Russian manufacturing and heavy industry, Britain’s Department for International Trade said.
“This far-reaching sanctions package will inflict further damage on the Russian war machine,” said Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
The UK has imposed a series of sanctions on Russian companies and individuals since Russia invaded Ukraine with the help of Belarus in February. The new UK sanctions bring the total value of products subject to full or partial import and export sanctions to more than 4 billion pounds ($4.9 billion).
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