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U.S. plans new sanctions as Zelensky calls for tribunal

A mother and father of three children describe the suffering inflicted on them by Russian forces during the occupation of their village near Chernihiv. (Video: Jon Gerberg, Alice Li/The Washington Post)
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International outrage over alleged war crimes in a Kyiv suburb is deepening Moscow’s isolation, as the European Commission proposes a ban on Russian coal and the United States plans a new package of sanctions.

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The United States has already escalated financial measures against Russia amid reports of atrocities against civilians in Bucha, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital. On Wednesday, the Biden administration will announce more penalties, including a ban on all new investment in Russia, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Tuesday’s meeting of the United Nations Security Council also underscored the Kremlin’s pariah status as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian leaders and soldiers should face a special tribunal. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield urged nations to suspend Russia’s membership in the U.N. Human Rights Council, a move that would require a two-thirds vote by the 193-member General Assembly.

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