Russia-Ukraine: Russia is suspended from the U.N. Human Rights Council; E.U. approves coal phaseout

Residents of Borodyanka, a city in Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine, surveyed the destruction after the withdrawal of Russian occupiers in early April. (Video: Joshua Carroll/The Washington Post, Photo: The Washington Post)

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World leaders stepped up efforts to isolate Russia in response to mounting evidence of war crimes in Ukraine, with the United Nations voting Thursday to suspend the Russian delegation from the Human Rights Council and the European Union approving a plan to phase out imports of Russian coal.

The coal ban, which will take full effect mid-August, is the fifth sanctions package against Russia to be adopted by the E.U. Although Ukrainian leaders have called on Western allies for more action to stop the money flowing to Russia, this fourth sanctions package against Russia to be adopted by the E.U. Thursday’s vote only applies to coal. It does not prohibit other Russian energy imports like oil and natural gas.

Global outrage has grown since the brutal slaying of civilians in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha was revealed after Russian forces withdrew. Ukrainians in the country’s east have been urged to flee as Russian forces shift and regroup. Airstrikes in Donetsk caused a disruption to a train evacuation route on Thursday.

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