US President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a ban on Russian oil and other energy imports, ramping up a pressure campaign on Moscow in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine.
“We remain united in our purpose to pressure President Putin. Gasoline prices will go up further with this move,” said Biden. He also said the US would share the responsibility of caring for refugees from Ukraine.
While maintaining that the crisis was “a reminder that we must be energy independent”, Biden said he calls on oil firms not to engage in excessive price hike.
Meanwhile, the number of refugees fleeing Ukraine reached 2 million on Tuesday, according to the United Nations, the fastest exodus Europe has seen since World War II. “Today the outflow of refugees from Ukraine reaches two million people. Two million,” Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, wrote on Twitter.
Russian aircraft continued to bomb cities in Ukraine overnight.