Live Updates | Japan joins G-7 efforts to quit Russian oil


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A military truck transports a platform with a Ukrainian self-propelled artillery mount in Donetsk region, Ukraine, Sunday, May 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

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TOKYO — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said Japan will phase out imports of Russian oil as part of the Group of Seven effort against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The leaders of the G-7 nations met online Sunday and announced their commitment to ban or phase out imports of Russian oil in their latest effort to pressure Moscow to end its aggression against the ‘Ukraine.

“This is an extremely difficult decision for a country that is mainly dependent on energy imports, including oil,” Kishida told reporters on Monday. “But the G-7 unity is most important right now.”

Kishida said it would be a gradual and slow process of phasing out Russian oil imports and the details and timing will be decided later as the process requires securing alternative energy sources.

About 4% of Japanese oil imports come from Russia. Japan also announced the phasing out of Russian coal imports.

Japan will not ban imports of its own stakes in oil and gas projects in Russia, including those in Sakhalin, Kishida said.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR:

— More than 60 presumed dead in the bombing of a Ukrainian school

— “Everything shook”: the last civilians leave the Ukrainian steelworks

— G-7 leaders pledge to ban or reduce Russian oil imports

– Jill Biden pays surprise visit to Ukraine and meets first lady

Follow all AP stories on Russia’s war on Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

UNITED NATIONS – The UN chief says he is “appalled” by the reported attack on a school in the Ukrainian town of Bilohorivka, where many people were apparently seeking shelter from the fighting.

A UN spokesperson said on Sunday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reaffirms that civilians and civilian infrastructure must be spared under international law.

Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said: “This war must end and peace must be established in accordance with the United Nations Charter and international law. The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in Ukraine will continue to support those whose lives have been shattered by war.

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ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — More than 170 people have been evacuated from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol after weeks of shelling and fighting as Russia tried to take control of the port city.

This is according to a statement on Sunday from Osnat Lubrani, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine.

The evacuees were taken to Zaporizhzhia, a town in southeastern Ukraine. Lubrani says more than 600 people have now been evacuated from the Mariupol area.

The most recent evacuation was the last effort to save people from the tunnels under the Azovstal steel mine, where Ukrainian fighters are trying to hold off Russian attackers.

The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross are coordinating the evacuations.

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KYIV, Ukraine — U2 frontman Bono performed at a kyiv metro station that serves as a bomb shelter on Sunday, showing his support for Ukrainians trying to repel the Russian invasion.

The Irish singer tweeted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “invited us to perform in Kyiv as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and so that’s what we came to do.”

Bono, alongside guitarist The Edge, sang Ben E. King’s song “Stand By Me” in the Khreschatyk subway station. He was joined by another singer in Ukrainian military attire.

He also traveled to Bucha, a town outside kyiv where hundreds of bodies were found after Russian troops withdrew last month. The city is considered a possible site of war crimes.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Leaders of the Group of Seven’s developed democracies on Sunday pledged to eliminate or ban the import of Russian oil as they met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for online talks to underscore their support and to show unity among Western allies on Victory Europe Day, which marks the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Cutting off Russian oil supplies will ‘hit the main artery of (President Vladimir) Putin’s economy hard and deny him the revenue he needs to fund his war’, the G-7 nations, which include states United States, Britain, Canada, Germany, France and Italy and Japan, said in a statement.

“We will ensure that we do this in a timely and orderly manner, and in a way that gives the world time to secure alternative supplies,” they added.

Looking back on World War II, the leaders stressed unity in their resolve that Putin must not win.

“We owe it to the memory of all who fought for freedom in World War II to continue to fight for it today, for the people of Ukraine, Europe and the global community,” they said.

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