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Ukraine launched an attack on Russian positions in Russian-occupied Berdiansk in the southeastern Zaporizhzhia Oblast, the exiled local authorities reported on May 29. At least five strikes were allegedly conducted on the evening of May 28, the authorities said, while local Telegram channels reported explosions near the airport.
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Russian forces shelled nine communities in Sumy Oblast on May 28, firing close to 50 rounds from various types of weapons, the Sumy Oblast Military Administration reported on Telegram.
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The Russian military heavily shelled the Kupiansk district of Kharkiv Oblast on May 28, the State Emergency Service reported. As a result of the attack, a 74-year old woman suffered shrapnel wounds in the village of Kucherivka.
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“The Air Defense Forces of Ukraine. You heard the air raid alarm differently than most people,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in the aftermath of Russia's overnight attack on Kyiv on May 28. “You look up to destroy enemy missiles, aircraft, helicopters, and drones. Every time you shoot down enemy drones and missiles, lives are saved.”
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The bill includes a complete ban on trade with Iran, investments, and transferring technologies, as well as stopping Iranian transit across the Ukrainian territory, and preventing the withdrawal of Iranian assets from Ukraine.
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Kyiv's air defenses shot down over 40 drones Russia launched at the capital overnight on May 28, in what the Kyiv City Military Administration says was the largest drone attack on the city since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion.

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WSJ: Surge in Russian oil prices tests Western sanctions

by The Kyiv Independent news desk April 27, 2023 7:16 AM 1 min read
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Russian oil prices increased due to demand from India and China, testing the viability of Western-backed sanctions, according to The Wall Street Journal.

April prices for Urals crude rose to nearly $55 per barrel from the daily low of $35 in January of this year, according to the data from commodities-data firm Argus Media.

If the trend continues, prices could soon hit $60 a barrel. This price would surpass the limit that the U.S. and its allies have put on Russian crude exports. Uncertainty over this possibility caused caution from traders in the recent weeks.

The $60 price cap on Russian crude oil came into effect on Dec. 5, 2022. This means that the U.S. and its allies are not allowed to facilitate exports of Russian oil unless it is sold below this price, with the goal of decreasing a main source of Russian revenue.

“Many traders and analysts expect oil to keep flowing nonetheless,” according to the article. Russia is likely to continue finding ways to transport oil through channels beyond the allies' control, operating in a shadow market that is more difficult to trace.

“Russia has absolutely no problem in placing all of its volumes in the market at terms that Russia considers reasonable. They just find another way,” former Russian energy executive and scholar at the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center Sergey Vakulenko said to the WSJ.

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