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Ukraine Update: EU Bans Russian Coal Imports, Japan May Follow

A building burns following shelling in Severodonetsk, Donbass region, Ukraine, on April 6.

A building burns following shelling in Severodonetsk, Donbass region, Ukraine, on April 6.

Photographer: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

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European Union countries agreed to ban coal imports from Russia, the first time the bloc’s sanctions have targeted Moscow’s crucial energy revenues. Japan is also looking to curb imports, in what could be a shift in policy from one of the world’s largest energy buyers.   

U.S. officials warned the war in Ukraine may last for weeks or even years, as Kyiv’s foreign minister pleaded for urgent military assistance while it can still make a difference. Australia said it would provide anti-armor weapons, ammunition and combat vehicles.