The US Department of Commerce has added 73 planes it says have recently traveled to Russia to a list of aircraft that have violated US export controls put in place after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
On 18 March, 99 aircraft were included in an initial list, including a private jet belonging to Russian billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich.
US authorities have warned that providing service to these aircraft anywhere in the world – including inside Russia – may lead to heavy fines and potential jail time.
In a statement at the time, the department said that any refueling, maintenance, or repair work of any of the listed aircraft – as well as the provision of spare parts – violates US export controls.
The regulations apply to any aircraft which has more than 25% US-origin content that was re-exported to Russia after new controls came into effect on 24 February, the day Russia invaded Ukraine.
Jamala, who fled Kyiv with her children at the start of the war, gave an impassioned rendition of her Eurovision-winning track 1944.
It was inspired by her great-grandmother, who was among thousands of Tatars who were forcibly deported from Crimea by Russian dictator Joseph Stalin during World War Two.
The harrowing accounts of two Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion were read by actors Tamsin Greig and Eddie Marsan, accompanied by Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti.
Greig read the words of Natalya, who spent three days sheltering in a basement in Kharkiv before leaving on an overcrowded train, later finding out her apartment block and university had been destroyed.
Then, Marsan voiced the words of Artem, who spent four days travelling to Romania with his traumatised children.
Russian forces are “very, very close” to the city centre of embattled Mariupol, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
In a briefing for reporters at the Pentagon, Kirby accused Russia of targeting civilian infrastructure, residential buildings, and hospitals.
“The town is just being shellacked with airstrikes in [the] bombardment,” Kirby said.
“The place is just being decimated from a structural perspective by the onslaught of Russian airstrikes.”
Kirby also said that at “an appropriate time” the US will review lessons learned from the war and their role in supporting Ukrainian forces.
“[The US will] take a look at what we have learned by watching and seeing how Russia has underperformed and how, quite frankly, amazingly that Ukrainians have performed,” he said.
“We all want to learn from things as we see them and we’re going to learn from our own behaviors here, our efforts to help Ukraine defend itself.
The White House says it has intelligence that Russian President Vladimir Putin feels he has been misled by his military advisers, which has resulted in persistent tension between him and his military leadership.
“We believe that Putin is being misinformed by his advisers about how badly the Russian military is performing and how the Russian economy is being crippled by sanctions, because his senior advisers are too afraid to tell him the truth,” White House director of communications Kate Bedingfield told journalists.
She said it was “increasingly clear” that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had been a “strategic blunder” that would leave it weaker over the long term.