Airspace closures prevented a planned visit by Russia’s Foreign Minister to Serbia.
The Department of Justice announced it obtained warrants for the seizure of two planes owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich worth over $400 million.
A Polish official said that the EU is already working on its seventh sanctions package, which would target Russian gas. However, Estonia’s Prime Minister warned that securing EU unity on Ukraine is growing more difficult: “We are at a point when sanctions start to hurt our side…At first the sanctions were only difficult for Russia but now we are coming to a point when the sanctions are painful for our own countries, and now the question is how much pain are we willing to endure. It is different for different countries. The unity is very hard to keep. It is getting more and more difficult because of high inflation, and energy prices.”
Nine Senators led by Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to tighten sanctions to second- and third-tier enablers.
Russian car sales plunged 84% in May.
France is discussing buying oil and diesel from the UAE. India may increase Russian oil imports.
Ukraine has managed to take back parts of Severodonetsk. Russia struck Kyiv for the first time in weeks, including a railway facility that it claimed was being used for military purposes, while Ukraine said it was for grain rail transport. Russia also struck a grain export terminal in Mykolaiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the frontline positions in eastern Ukraine.
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