Russia Ukraine War News Live Updates: Russian strikes pound Ukraine as European Union prepares new oil sanctions

Firefighters work at a site of a power substation hit by a missile strike, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Lviv, Ukraine May 3, 2022. (Reuters)

Russia Ukraine War Crisis Live: Russian forces pounded targets in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, unleashing rockets on a steel plant that is Ukraine’s last redoubt in the port city of Mariupol as the European Union prepared to slap oil sanctions on Moscow. Attacks and shelling intensified in Donetsk and Luhansk, with the most difficult area being Popasna, where it was impossible to organise evacuations, regional governor Serhiy Haida said. Scores of evacuees who did manage to leave Mariupol under United Nations and Red Cross auspices over the weekend reached the relative safety of Ukraine-controlled Zaporizhzhia after cowering for weeks under the sprawling Azovstal steel plant. Mariupol is a major target for Russia as it seeks to cut Ukraine off from the Black Sea and connect Russian-controlled territory in the south and east. (Here we explained why Mariupol matters to Russia)

The European Union will slap new sanctions on Russia for waging war against Ukraine, targeting Moscow’s oil industry, more Russian banks and those responsible for disinformation, the EU’s top diplomat said on Tuesday.

The proposed new sanctions were expected to be detailed on Wednesday.

Russia Ukraine War News Live Updates Today: UN says at least 3,000 dead in conflict so far; in new sanctions, EU to phase out Russian oil; missile strike in Odesa kills minor boy.

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