Berlin calls on the EU to toughen its stance on gas imports.
Germany said on Sunday that the West would agree to impose additional sanctions against Russia in the coming days after Ukraine accused Russian forces of war crimes near Kiev. This measure will increase the already enormous economic pressure on Russia due to its invasion of a neighboring country.
The Russian economy is experiencing the most serious crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 after the United States and its allies imposed crushing sanctions in connection with Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
On Sunday, Russia denied that its forces were responsible for the deaths of civilians in the town of Bucha, and said that Ukraine staged a spectacle for the Western media.
Reuters reports that agency employees saw bodies scattered throughout the city. One of them had his hands tied with a white cloth, and his mouth was shot through. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused Russia of carrying out “genocide.”
“Putin and his supporters will feel the consequences of their actions,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in a statement to reporters.
German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that the European Union should discuss stopping the import of Russian gas.