The embargo on Russian oil is a maze we can probably emerge from with exceptions wanted by some unwilling countries(…). But the real problem is the sanctions applied against Russia. Would it be possible to calculate the damage done to the economies of the countries that were part of the European Union at the time Putin invaded Ukraine? We could probably do this with patience. But we could only compensate the victims if they all belonged to a multinational company with the same laws and the same executive branch pursuing common goals. Unfortunately that’s not the case. This ideal society was the great European hope after the many wars in the past. (…) Most recently, after February 24, sanctions were used to hit Russia’s economic base and deprive the country of technologies and markets. These technologies and markets are part of our economic system. These are likely effective measures, but at the same time they harm companies and individual operators from countries that have important trade exchanges with Russia.

The Russian Defense Ministry, in turn, blamed Ukrainian “nationalist” troops for the fire at the Lavra Monastery in Svyatohirsk via Telegram.

“According to reports from local residents, incendiary ammunition was fired from a large-caliber machine gun mounted on a Ukrainian Kozak armored vehicle into the wooden walls of the dome room of the building,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a Telegram message.