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Newsline: Russian Diplomatic Expulsions Exceed 200 in EU

The expulsion of Russian embassy staff from European capitals rolled ahead with the number of personnel told to leave exceeding 200, as accusations of atrocities committed by Russian forces against Ukrainian civilians pushed diplomacy to its limits. Italy declared 30 Russian officials personae non gratae, while Spain said it planned to expel 25. Estonia and Latvia followed suit, kicking out 27 between them, while Slovenia required Russia to reduce its embassy staff by 33. Denmark, Romania, Sweden and European Union institutions raised the tally by another 47 combined. (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/russian-diplomatic-expulsions-exceed-200-165130745.html) EU leaders are cobbling together a fresh set of sanctions against Russia as the world reacts with horror and outrage over apparent atrocities in the town of Bucha, in territory ceded by forces departing the north of Ukraine. The mass expulsions underscored the failure of diplomacy as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the United Nations to do more to stop Moscow’s aggression. He said that, short of an overhaul of the world body, Russia’s veto power in the UN Security Council should be stripped, or the council “disbanded.”

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