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G-7 leaders vow to phase out Russian oil; Jill Biden visits Ukraine

First lady Jill Biden receives flowers from Olena Zelenska, wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, outside a school in Uzhhorod, a Ukrainian town along the border with Slovakia, on May 8. (Susan Walsh/Pool/Reuters)
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UZHHOROD, Ukraine — President Biden and leaders of the Group of Seven nations vowed to phase out, or altogether ban, the import of Russian oil in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, they said after a video meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The move is intended to hit the “main artery” of Russia’s economy and deny President Vladimir Putin “the revenue he needs to fund the war,” the White House said. The United States has already banned the import of Russian oil, and the European Union is considering a proposal to do the same. The G-7 pledge came the same day that first lady Jill Biden went to western Ukraine and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to Kyiv, visits meant to underscore the West’s support.

Along the war’s eastern front line, Russian and Ukrainian forces traded blows and territory before Moscow’s planned Victory Day holiday on Monday. A Russian strike in the Luhansk region destroyed a school turned shelter, a local leader said, and left as many as 60 people buried under the rubble and feared dead — possibly one of the deadliest attacks on civilians since the invasion began.

Here’s what else to know

  • Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol’s embattled steel plant, the port city’s last holdout, pledged to fight “as long as we are alive, for justice,” as Zelensky appealed for their evacuation after the last civilians were allowed to leave the facility.
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross said about 170 civilians who spent weeks at the steel plant had arrived in Zaporizhzhia on Sunday.
  • A senior American diplomat on Sunday visited the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, which personnel had departed a few days before Russia’s invasion. Although the visit did not signal that the United States has officially reopened of the embassy, the Biden administration plans to do so.
  • The Washington Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel.