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Western sanctions prepare to be enforced as Russian forces pound key cities

Mariupol and Kharkiv were pounded by Russian artillery on Wednesday as the West prepared more sanctions against Moscow over alleged civilian killings that Kiev and its allies call war crimes.

Since the start of the invasion, on February 24, Mariupol, a southern port city, has been under nearly constant bombardment, trapping tens of thousands of people without food, water, or electricity.

Ukraine's general staff reports that Russian forces are continuing to bombard Kharkiv, the second largest city in the northeast. The forces pulled back from positions near Kyiv last week, and are now focusing their efforts outside the capital.

Russian forces are accused of killing civilians in the northern Ukrainian city of Bucha, which sparks new sanctions by the West over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said authorities would try to evacuate trapped civilians through 11 humanitarian corridors on Wednesday, though people trying to leave the besieged city of Mariupol would have to use their own vehicles.

6 April 2022


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