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Oilprice | Russia Halts Oil Pipeline Exports To Europe Via Ukraine, 9 Aug
The EU, when announcing the embargo on Russian oil imports--to come into force at the end of this year--exempted imports of Russia crude and petroleum products via pipeline because several landlocked countries, such as Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, are highly dependent on pipeline oil supply from Russia. EU member states dependent on Russian pipeline oil were given a temporary exemption to import Russian crude via pipeline until the EU Council decides otherwise, but were not allowed to resell such crude oil and petroleum products to other Member States or third countries.
yahoo! Reuters | Russia's Transneft says Ukraine halted oil flows to Europe over payment issue, 9 Aug
International benchmark Brent crude jumped by $2 per barrel to trade near $98 as the news added to concerns about reduced energy supplies.

Transneft said it made payments for August oil transit to Ukraine's pipeline operator Ukrtransnafta on July 22, but the money was sent back on July 28 as the payment did not go through. It said the shipments were halted from Aug. 4. Gazprombank, which handled the payment, said the money was returned because of European Union restrictions, Transneft said in a statement.

Way to stick it to RUB-paying, REPowerEU scofflaws, Ukraine!
Ukriform | Ukraine and the World Bank sign $4.5 billion grant agreement
The grant funds were provided by the United States and directed to the World Bank's Multi-Donor Trust Fund as part of the Public Expenditures for Administrative Capacity Endurance in Ukraine
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by Cat on Tue Aug 9th, 2022 at 01:43:18 PM EST
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euractiv | Latvia seeks to join Kyiv in ECHR case against Russia, 10 Aug intervenor
"On 15 March, Latvia's security service opened a criminal investigation into Russian war crimes in Ukraine, citing articles in Latvia's war crimes and crimes against humanity laws which have no territorial limitation."
ukriform | Zelesk* has another important phone call, 10 Aug
"Had the 1st conversation in the history of bilateral relations with Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo [8 Aug]. Talked about supporting Ukraine in international organizations, including UNSC; Ukraine's willingness to guarantee food security in the region. We're actively enhancing cooperation with Africa!" Zelensky posted on Twitter.
almayadeen | No grain ships from Ukraine ports will reach Africa: NYT, 10 Aug
by Cat on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 03:56:41 PM EST
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Readovka | The problem with the transit of Russian oil to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia was solved in a day, 9 Aug
"And so it happened: there was no change in the sanctions regime, but less than a day later, the Hungarian MOL and the Slovak Slovnaft simply introduced necessary payment"
by Cat on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 10:12:05 PM EST
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