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Elsewhere in Europe, Russia’s stranglehold on gas could force the hand of governments intent on reducing carbon emissions back toward coal power.
Ahead of a European Council summit Thursday and Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is conducting a marathon session of calls with leaders across the continent to maximize his country’s chances of being granted candidate status for membership in the European Union. “The lives of thousands of people depend directly on the speed of our partners — on the speed of implementation of their decisions to help Ukraine,” he said in a speech Tuesday night.
Here’s what else to know
- Amid the invasion of Ukraine, the international view of Russia has taken a hit; the images of the United States and NATO have not, according to polling by Pew.
- Washington “continues to systematically destroy bilateral relations, which are already in a deplorable state,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement. She was responding to the U.S. decision not to allow Russian aircraft to convey Russian diplomats from the United States.
- The press freedom group Reporters Without Borders said Russian forces “executed” a Ukrainian photojournalist and a soldier who accompanied him in a forest near Kyiv in March.