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A Russian cargo ship is hijacked in the English Channel

LONDON – France on Saturday intercepted a Russian ship in the English Channel under new EU sanctions against Moscow.

The cargo ship was carrying cars and left Rouen for St. Petersburg. However, French naval police diverted the ship to the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France.

He is “suspected of belonging to a Russian company that is currently on the EU sanctions list,” confirmed to NBC News the press service of the Marine Prefecture of the channel.

It is reported that the 127-meter-long vessel is called the “Baltic Leader”, and the crew cooperated with the authorities.

This was reported by the Russian agency RIA that the Russian Embassy in France immediately contacted the French authorities for clarification.

The English Channel Maritime Prefecture explained that “every night the maritime police conduct patrols on the waters, searching for migrants crossing the English Channel. They came across a Russian boat, the ship was inspected and the boats were ordered to return to the French port. “

French customs agents are currently on board the boat, which is investigating to see if it violated the sanctions, according to NBC News.

The United States and its European allies have decided to impose sanctions directly on Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this week. The EU also has a wider list of Russian persons to be punished.

“Weaken Russia’s economic base”

On Thursday, EU leaders backed another batch of sanctions aimed at strategic sectors of the Russian economy, blocking access to key technologies and markets.

They will also seek to “weaken Russia’s economic base and its ability to modernize” and “freeze Russian assets in the EU and cut off Russian banks’ access to the European financial market.” This was announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

“We are facing an unprecedented act of aggression by the Russian leadership against a sovereign independent country.” von der Leyen said Thursday.

“Russia’s goal is not only Donbass, its goal is not only Ukraine, its goal is stability in Europe and the whole international order-based order. We will hold Russia accountable for that.”

Meanwhile, in Kyiv on Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the capital had managed to repel Russian attacks overnight and his army was still under control.

Street fights took place in Kyiv with Russian troops approaching the city. Ukraine has blown up bridges leading to Kyiv to prevent Russian troops from entering the capital.

—Sylvia Omar of CNBC contributed to this article.

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A Russian cargo ship is hijacked in the English Channel

LONDON – France on Saturday intercepted a Russian ship in the English Channel under new EU sanctions against Moscow.

The cargo ship was carrying cars and left Rouen for St. Petersburg. However, French naval police diverted the ship to the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France.

He is “suspected of belonging to a Russian company that is currently on the EU sanctions list,” confirmed to NBC News the press service of the Marine Prefecture of the channel.

It is reported that the 127-meter-long vessel is called the “Baltic Leader”, and the crew cooperated with the authorities.

This was reported by the Russian agency RIA that the Russian Embassy in France immediately contacted the French authorities for clarification.

The English Channel Maritime Prefecture explained that “every night the maritime police conduct patrols on the waters, searching for migrants crossing the English Channel. They came across a Russian boat, the ship was inspected and the boats were ordered to return to the French port. “

French customs agents are currently on board the boat, which is investigating to see if it violated the sanctions, according to NBC News.

The United States and its European allies have decided to impose sanctions directly on Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this week. The EU also has a wider list of Russian persons to be punished.

“Weaken Russia’s economic base”

On Thursday, EU leaders backed another batch of sanctions aimed at strategic sectors of the Russian economy, blocking access to key technologies and markets.

They will also seek to “weaken Russia’s economic base and its ability to modernize” and “freeze Russian assets in the EU and cut off Russian banks’ access to the European financial market.” This was announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

“We are facing an unprecedented act of aggression by the Russian leadership against a sovereign independent country.” von der Leyen said Thursday.

“Russia’s goal is not only Donbass, its goal is not only Ukraine, its goal is stability in Europe and the whole international order-based order. We will hold Russia accountable for that.”

Meanwhile, in Kyiv on Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the capital had managed to repel Russian attacks overnight and his army was still under control.

Street fights took place in Kyiv with Russian troops approaching the city. Ukraine has blown up bridges leading to Kyiv to prevent Russian troops from entering the capital.

—Sylvia Omar of CNBC contributed to this article.

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