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EU to propose banning Russian coal imports after atrocities

After recent evidence surfaced of war crimes committed by the Kremlin’s forces in Ukraine, the EU is now planning a proposal to completely discontinue coal import from Russia while remaining open to oil and natural gas flows from the war-waging nation.

Trains are loaded with coal at Russia's largest Borodinsky opencast colliery, owned by the Siberian Coal Energy Company, near the Siberian town of Borodino, Krasnoyarsk region, Russia. | Photo: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The European Union is planning to propose a mandatory phaseout on coal imports from Russia in a direct response to reports that Russian forces committed apparent war crimes in Ukraine, according to people familiar with the matter.

The action on coal would be added to a package of steps aimed at strengthening existing measures and correcting loopholes that was already set to be debated this week by EU ambassadors. The details of the ban and the timing of the coal phaseout are still under discussion, the people said. The European Commission is also expected to propose banning most Russian trucks and ships from entering the bloc, the people said.

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