The proposal of the European Commission regarding the sixth package of sanctions with an oil embargo on Russia because of the war it unleashed against Ukraine will be supported by all member states of the European Union, European Council President Charles Michel has said with confidence.
“I can assure you that I’m working very hard with my team and with my colleagues in order to make sure that we will be able in very short term to take united position on the proposal putted on the table by the Commission,” he said in an exclusive interview with the Interfax-Ukraine.
Michel recalled that “systematically in the past there were some concerns that we would not be able to be united.” “We were systematically able to adopt united position. And, of course, it required some negotiations, talks, decision. We need the support of the 27 governments. A few weeks ago I said publicly in the European Parliament that sooner or later oil and gas would be part of the sanctions. This is an important step… This is Commission which makes a proposal but these are the governments, this is Council which takes a decision,” the President of the European Council said.
Passenger traffic from the EU countries and Moldova to enter Ukraine on April 16 for the first time since the start of the war by Russia exceeded the flow to exit, the State Border Service of Ukraine reports. The day before, for the first time since February 24, a similar fact was recorded on the Polish-Ukrainian section of the border.
According to the agency on Facebook, on April 16, a record high number of people again entered Ukraine – more than 38 thousand compared to more than 36 thousand the day before, including Ukrainians – 35 thousand compared to 32 thousand on Friday.
At the same time, the flow in the opposite direction decreased to more than 32,000 from almost 38,000 a day earlier.
The agency also clarified that over the past day, the number of registered vehicles with humanitarian cargo increased to 500 from 420-425 in the previous two days.
According to the data of the Polish border service on Twitter, on April 16, 22 thousand entered Ukraine from the country against 25.1 thousand the day before.
In the opposite direction, the flow amounted to 19.2 thousand, which is 21% less than on April 15, and over the first 7 hours of Sunday it fell by another 22.5% to 4.2 thousand.
According to UNHCR data, as of 13:00 on April 15, a total of 4.84 million people have left Ukraine since the beginning of the war (excluding the entry flow), of which Poland received 2.74 million, Romania and Moldova – 797.31 thousand, Russia – 484.73 thousand, Hungary – 454.1 thousand, Slovakia – 332.71 thousand, Belarus – 22.83 thousand.
The flow of citizens crossing the border of Ukraine with the EU countries and Moldova is decreasing, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Volodymyr Denysenko said.
“The flow of citizens at the border of Ukraine with the EU countries and Moldova continues to decrease. The level of workload at checkpoints has also decreased significantly,” Denysenko said in a video message distributed on Thursday.
According to him, over the past 12 hours, the number of cars waiting to cross the border has decreased from approximately 3,900 to 1,425 cars, and the queue of pedestrians is 30-50 people.
Among the busiest, Denysenko noted, were checkpoints Shehyni and Krakovets.
JSC Ukrzaliznytsia in 2020 transported more than 40 million tonnes of cargo to the countries of the European Union, 10 million tonnes of which were transportation to Poland and back.
As the Ukrzaliznytsia’s press service of said on Friday, exports to the EU countries, in particular, amounted to almost 29 million tonnes, imports almost 4 million tonnes, and transit about 7.5 million tonnes.
Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Italy and Romania are included in the top 5 EU countries in terms of cargo transportation by Ukrzaliznytsia.
Ukrzaliznytsia also noted an increase in transportations to and from Romania by 21.2%, to almost 4 million tonnes in 2020.
As reported, Ukrzaliznytsia transported in December 2020, according to recent data, 26.65 million tonnes of cargo in all routes, which is 7.4% more than the same period in 2019.