Ukraine war: Western allies slap new sanctions on Russia as strikes hit new Ukrainian cities

This handout picture released by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine on March 11, 2022, shows rescuers working at the scene of an airstrike in Dnipro.
This handout picture released by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine on March 11, 2022, shows rescuers working at the scene of an airstrike in Dnipro. Copyright HANDOUT / STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE OF UKRAINE / AFP
By Alasdair SandfordEuronews with AFP, AP
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Russian airstrikes have hit Dnipro in central Ukraine, and military airfields at Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk in the west. The EU's top diplomat is proposing to double military aid for the country.

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G7 nations downgraded Russia's trade status as airstrikes were reported on Friday on parts of Ukraine that have been largely spared up to now.

Stripping most-favoured nation status from Russia would allow Western allies to impose higher tariffs on some Russian imports, increasing the isolation of the Russian economy.

Other sanctions include a ban on exports of luxury products, the import of key goods in the iron and steel sector from Russia as well as new European investments across Russia's energy sector will also be banned. 

At least one person was reported killed in Dnipro in central Ukraine when a residential area was bombed. There have also been strikes in the west of the country, on military airfields at Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk.

Meanwhile, satellite images also indicate Russian troop movements around Kyiv.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the European Union to "do more" for Ukraine, in a new video.

Here's what happened on Friday — the 15th day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine:

For a summary of Thursday's developments click here.

Additional sources • Reuters

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