Give and take: West gives Ukraine weapons, bans Russian coal

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded by videoconference for more aid. “The sooner we stop Russia, the sooner we can feel safe,” he said.

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August 11, 2022 - 4:52 PM

Local residents look at the damages after an early morning strike by Russian forces in Kostiantynivka, eastern Ukraine. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — On a day of give and take, Western nations made more pledges to send arms to Ukraine while the European Union’s full ban on Russian coal imports kicked in Thursday amid intelligence claims that sanctions against Moscow were hurting its defense exports.

Germany, seen early in Russia’s invasion as a lackadaisical Ukrainian ally, is making what Chancellor Olaf Scholz described as a “massive” break with its past by sending weapons to the war-ravaged country.

Scholz said Germany “is shipping arms — a great, great many, sweeping and very effective. And we will continue to do so in the coming time.” His government has approved military exports of at least $710 million and plans to provide further financial aid to Ukraine, the chancellor said.

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