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In a speech delivered during a visit to Haltia, Finland, where the New European Bauhaus, a project that mixes environmental, economic and cultural aspects, is located, part of the European Commission leader’s speech focused on Ukraine. Praising the already snow-covered Finnish landscape, the European Commission president said “I couldn’t help but think of my Ukrainian friends.”
“The Ukrainian people, due to Putin’s barbaric and terrorist attack on a country’s civilian infrastructure, have to face the coming winter without electricity and, in many places, without running water. Thanks to him, babies, their parents and grandparents are frozen in the dark,” Von der Leyen said. The President of the European Commission was referring to the Russian attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, which left several cities in the country without electricity, at a time when the The cold is already felt in the country. “I strongly condemn these barbaric acts. They are war crimes. But I also know that our Ukrainian friends will overcome this tragedy.”
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During the speech, Von der Leyen announced that the bloc of 27 is preparing a new sanctions package against Russia. “We are working hard to hit Russia where it hurts the most and further disrupt Ukraine’s ability to finance the war. I can announce that we are working at full speed on a ninth sanctions package. The new sanctions included in this package were not detailed.
In addition, Von der Leyen was also confident that “a global price cap for Russian oil will be approved very soon, with the G7 and other relevant partners.” “We will not rest until Ukraine has defeated Putin and his barbaric and illegitimate war.”
This Wednesday, the European Parliament designated Russia as a “State Sponsor of Terrorism”. On the same day, the website of the European Parliament was the subject of a computer attack.
European Parliament declares Russia a state sponsor of terrorism