KYV/WASHINGTON: Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksey Reznikov has issued a new estimate of the damage and casualties caused by the Russian attacks. In a video message, Reznikov said that in total, at least 400 civilians had been killed and 800 were injured. “Though these figures are incomplete,” he said. The figures are yet to be confirmed. He said more than 200 Ukrainian schools, 34 hospitals and 1,500 residential buildings were destroyed in the Russian attacks.
‘Around 10,000 foreign students could be trapped in the attacks’
Reznikov estimated that some 10,000 foreign students, mostly from India, China and the Persian Gulf, may have been trapped in the attacks. He also claimed that the Ukrainian military had killed more than 11,000 Russian soldiers. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the US would impose sanctions on all oil imports from Russia in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, intending to further weaken its economy, but acknowledged that it would allow Americans, especially This will increase the cost at the gas pump.
Biden said this will be a big blow for Russia
Biden’s action comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to the US and Western authorities to cut imports. Oil exports have kept cash flows steady despite severe sanctions on Russia’s financial sector. “We will not be a part of Putin’s ‘subsidy’ for the war,” Biden declared. He said that Americans would face rising prices, protecting liberties would be costly.
China criticizes sanctions against Russia
At the same time, China has said that President Xi Jinping in talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Schultz criticized sanctions imposed on Russia for the attack against Ukraine, calling it “damaging” for all parties. China has blamed the US and its allies for instigating the conflict while supporting Russia. China also refrained from voting at the United Nations on whether Moscow should be condemned for its actions.