EU secures compromise on Russian oil ban; The Kremlin says it now controls a third of the key city of Donbas

Russian forces say a third of Sievierodonetsk is now under their control

Smoke rises in the city of Sievierodonetsk during heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops on May 30, 2022.

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Russian forces claimed control of a third of the city of Sievierodonetsk as they continued their offensive in the Donbas region of Ukraine.

The Donbas refers to two regions of eastern Ukraine Luhansk and Donetsk, a major strategic, political and economic goal for the Kremlin.

“We can already say that a third of the city is already under our control,” Leonid Pasechnik, head of the Russian-backed Luhansk People’s Republic, told Russia’s state media agency Tass.

Pasechnik acknowledged that Russian forces had not been able to advance as quickly as expected in the key eastern city, with fighting currently taking place in an urban area.

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Zelenskyy says 32 media workers have died in the war

A journalist comes out of a crater caused by a Russian missile attack in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says 32 media representatives have been assassinated since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says 32 media workers have been killed since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th.

Among them is Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, a French journalist for BFM TV, who suffered a fatal neck injury while riding in an armored evacuation vehicle bombed by Russian forces, Sky News reported.

“A little over a month ago, I gave an interview to this particular TV channel,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly speech. “This was my first interview with the French media during a large-scale war.”

“My sincere condolences to Frédéric’s colleagues and family,” Zelenskyy said.

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Oil prices are rising after the EU agreed to ban about 90% of Russian crude

Crude oil prices rose during Asia hours after EU leaders agreed to ban about 90 percent of Russian oil by the end of 2022.

The measure would immediately affect 75% of Russian oil imports, says Charles Michel, President of the European Council.

The ban is part of the European Union’s sixth package of sanctions against Russia since it invaded Ukraine.

“The European Council agrees that the sixth package of sanctions against Russia will cover crude oil, as well as petroleum products, delivered from Russia to member states, with a temporary exception for crude oil delivered by pipeline,” according to a statement from May 31st. the European Council.

This temporary exception covers the remaining Russian oil that is not yet banned, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen told a news conference.

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The sanctioned Russian billionaire completes the sale of the British football team he owned

A 19-year-old British footballer owned by a sanctioned Russian-Israeli billionaire linked to Vladimir Putin has been sold.

Boehly’s simple refusal to endure any distractions has proved crucial to the success of the Connecticut billionaire’s Chelsea takeover.

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A consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly has bought the Chelsea football team from Roman Abramovich, the billionaire who was sanctioned by the British government for his ties to Putin after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, at 5.35 billion pounds ($ 5.38 billion). ) agreement.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich watches from the stands during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on April 16, 2016 in London, England.

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Abramovich put the Chelsea team on sale on March 2, a week after the invasion and a few days before the British government added his name to a list of sanctioned Russian oligarchs. Among other conditions, the sanctions prevented the Chelsea team from signing new players or offering new contracts.

With the team now under new ownership, these restrictions will be lifted.

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