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Ukraine War: US President Joe Biden Announces Ban on Russian Oil Imports

Catch all the live updates on the Russia-Ukraine tensions here.

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United States President Joe Biden announced a ban on US imports of Russian oil on Tuesday, in the administration's most far-reaching action yet to punish Moscow for invading Ukraine.

This comes amid Russia's ongoing offensive in Ukraine, despite an agreement to set up humanitarian corridors in several Ukranian cities.

Russia on Tuesday declared a ceasefire, agreeing to set up humanitarian corridors in the Ukrainian cities of Sumy, Kharkiv, Mariupol, Kyiv, and Chernihiv, in order to allow evacuation operations.

However, the invading forces reportedly violated the temporary truce by shelling in Mariupol.

"Ceasefire violated! Russian forces are now shelling the humanitarian corridor from Zaporizhzhia to Mariupol. 8 trucks + 30 buses ready to deliver humanitarian aid to Mariupol and to evac civilians to Zaporizhzhia. Pressure on Russia MUST step up to make it uphold its commitments," the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a tweet.

Snapshot
  • The United States said that Russia is escalating shelling due to lack of progress of ground troops

  • Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed to stay in the capital until the war was won

  • Poland and US working on a deal to provide fighter jets to Ukraine

  • Russia has threatened to cut natural gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline

  • More than 2,91,000 Ukrainians have fled to Romania since the Russian invasion

  • The third round of talks between Russia and Ukraine, which took place on 7 March, bore no fruit

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US President Biden Bans Russian Oil Imports

President Joe Biden announced a ban on US imports of Russian oil on Tuesday, in the administration's most far-reaching action yet to punish Moscow for invading Ukraine.

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Published: 08 Mar 2022, 8:15 AM IST
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