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Russia suspended from U.N. Human Rights Council; E.U. approves coal phaseout

Residents of Borodyanka, a city in Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine, surveyed the destruction after the withdrawal of Russian occupiers in early April. (Video: Joshua Carroll/The Washington Post)

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World leaders stepped up efforts to isolate Russia in response to mounting evidence of war crimes in Ukraine, with the United Nations voting Thursday to suspend the Russian delegation from the Human Rights Council and the European Union approving a plan to phase out imports of Russian coal.

The coal ban, which will take full effect mid-August, is the fifth sanctions package against Russia to be adopted by the E.U. Though Ukrainian leaders have urged Western allies to do more to stem the flow of money to Russia, Thursday’s vote applies only to coal and does not ban other Russian energy imports, like natural gas and oil.

Global outrage has grown since the brutal slaying of civilians in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha was revealed after Russian forces withdrew. Ukrainians in the country’s east have been urged to flee as Russian forces shift and regroup. Late Thursday, airstrikes disrupted a railway evacuation route in the separatist-held Donetsk province.

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In a rare admission, the Kremlin’s spokesperson acknowledged that Russia has suffered “significant losses of troops” in Ukraine.
Congress sent two bills aimed at punishing Russia and aiding Ukraine to President Biden for his signature.
Ukraine’s top diplomat made a pointed appeal to NATO leaders to expedite arms supplies to Ukrainian forces before Russia launches an expected offensive in the country’s east.
Germany’s foreign intelligence service says it intercepted radio communications in which Russian troops discuss indiscriminately killing soldiers and civilians in Ukraine.
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