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Americans should prepare to pay a premium for gas for “as long as it takes to support Ukraine,” Biden said at a news conference. Western sanctions on Russia have hurt the country’s energy sector and curbed the global supply of oil. “As long as it takes so Russia cannot, in fact, defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine. This is a critical, critical position for the world,” Biden said.
In a small but strategic win for Kyiv, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Thursday that its forces had withdrawn from Snake Island, a highly contested isle in the Black Sea, after a four-month-long occupation. Moscow framed the move as an effort to establish a humanitarian corridor for the export of agricultural products from Ukraine. But officials in the southern port city of Odessa said Russian troops had evacuated following missile and artillery strikes.