G7 to ban Russian coal imports

G7 leaders condemned Russia for the massacre of civilians near kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, and announced additional sanctions against the country, including an embargo on coal imports.

The leaders issued a statement on Thursday amid growing calls for Russia to be held accountable for the killings of civilians.

The statement said the G7 leaders “condemn in the strongest terms the appalling atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha and other Ukrainian cities”.

He says the leadership will “further increase the cost of this war” for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his “accomplices”.

The statement said the leaders “prohibit new investments in key sectors of the Russian economy, including the energy sector.”

The leaders will also accelerate plans to reduce dependence on Russian energy, which include efforts to “phase out and ban imports of Russian coal”.

The statement added that the G7 will intensify its “campaign against the elites and their family members who support President Putin in his war effort and squander the resources of the Russian people”.

The United States and Britain unveiled additional sanctions against Russia on Wednesday and expressed their intention to work with other G7 countries.

G7 foreign affairs chiefs also issued a statement after a meeting on Thursday condemning the killings of civilians as “massacres”.

The statement said the G7 stands ready to provide Ukraine with additional assistance, both military and financial, to enable the country to defend itself against Russian aggression and to rebuild itself.