EU prepares 14th sanctions package on Russia; Putin orders tactical nuclear drills

By Bloomberg |

The European Union is proposing to ban political parties, think-tanks and other groups from accepting funding from Russia as part of its next round of sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow over its war on Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s military to carry out combat drills involving tactical nuclear weapons, ramping up his confrontation with the West just a day before his inauguration for a fifth term.

Russia’s army made further incremental gains in its quest to capture a strategically important town of Chasiv Yar in the eastern Donetsk region while missile and drone strikes disrupted power supplies in the north and east of Ukraine.

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The European Union is proposing to ban political parties, think-tanks and other groups from accepting funding from Russia as part of its next round of sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow over its war on Ukraine.

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