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Russian plane carrying nuclear fuel allowed to land in EU despite ban on Putin

The plane carried fuel to two nuclear power plants in Slovakia, flying via Belarus and Poland. The plane was able to reach the EU country despite a ban on European airspace to flights from Russia.

Slovak Economy Minister Richard Sulík said: “The Slovak economy now has reserves of another strategic commodity. I am glad that we managed to bring the fuel.”

He added: “The economy ministry also cooperated with Polish Energy Minister Anna Moskwa.

“Slovakia now has enough nuclear fuel.”

It comes as the United States also closed its airspace to Russian planes as the Russian military attempted to encircle and subdue Ukrainian cities with intensifying bombardments on Wednesday, almost a week into an invasion that has sparked massive international sanctions.

Already shunned by the West over its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has shown no sign of stopping an assault that has included strikes on Kyiv and rocket attacks in the second city of Kharkiv.

Dozens have been killed.

Russia has failed to capture a single city since its full-scale invasion began nearly a week ago, and Western analysts say Moscow has fallen back on tactics which call for devastating shelling of built-up areas before entering them.

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled the fighting as a miles-long Russian military convoy north of Kyiv advances toward the city.

West of Kyiv, in the city of Zhytomyr, four people, including a child, were killed on Tuesday by a Russian cruise missile, a Ukrainian official said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Russia to stop bombarding civilians and resume talks.

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