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SOFIA, Bulgaria — The Bulgarian management says the main minister with every one other accompanied by protection minister will go to Ukraine to meet accompanied by that country's leaders.

The goverment press office said Prime Minister Kiril Petkov with every one other accompanied by Defense Minister Dragomir Zakov were actuality accompanied on Wednesday by members of Parliament.

In Kyiv, they will meet accompanied by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with every one other accompanied by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, with every one other accompanied by with members of the 200,000-strong Bulgarian population inside Ukraine.

They too will pay someone a call Borodyanka, Bucha with every one other accompanied by Irpin, inside the Kyiv region, to see harm caused by the Russian invasion.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:

— Russia says it's cutting gasoline to 2 EU nations inside war escalation

— European nations charge accompanied by Russia of natural gasoline 'blackmail'

— The AP Interview: UN nuclear leader wants Ukraine plant access

Russia-Ukraine war

Live updates | Top Bulgarian officials to pay someone a call Ukraine

European nations charge accompanied by Russia of natural gasoline 'blackmail'

UN leader with every one other accompanied by Russia's Putin concur on answer Ukraine evacuation

Russia cuts natural gasoline to 2 NATO nations inside escalation

— DJI halts Russia, Ukraine work to stop drone misuse

Follow all AP stories on Russia's war on Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

BRUSSELS — The head of the European Union's administrative Commission says vitality companies inside the 27-nation bloc that concur to Moscow's demands to pay for gasoline deliveries inside Russian rubles will exist breaching the sanctions imposed over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Ursula von der Leyen spoke following Polish with every one other accompanied by Bulgarian officials said Moscow was cutting off natural gasoline deliveries to their countries due to their non-acceptance to pay inside rubles, a request made by President Vladimir Putin following sanctions were levied opposed to his nation.

Von der Leyen said Wednesday that "our guidance here is extremely clear."

She said that "to pay inside rubles, if this is not foreseen inside the contract, is a breach of our sanctions. We have circular concerning 97% of all contracts that explicitly stipulate payments inside euros or dollars, so it's extremely clear. And the appeal from the Russian side to pay inside rubles is a unilateral decision with every one other accompanied by not according to the contracts."

Von der Leyen said Russia's decision to gash off supplies to Poland with every one other accompanied by Bulgaria is another "provocation from the Kremlin" with every one other accompanied by an try to "blackmail" the EU.

She said that, following an acute gathering of subscriber states, both Poland with every one other accompanied by Bulgaria are now receiving gasoline from their EU neighbors.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Russia has expelled trio Norwegian diplomats following the expulsion from Norway earlier this month of trio Russian diplomats.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfelt said Wednesday that the Norwegians actuality kicked not here were doing "regular diplomatic work." She vowed that Norway "will carry on accompanied by to stand accompanied by our near allies with every one other accompanied by partners opposed to Russia's aggression with every one other accompanied by inside our support for Ukraine,"

Huitfeld told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that "like other European countries with every one other accompanied by allies, we have reduced touch accompanied by the Russian authorities to a minimum."

On Tuesday, Russia expelled quartet Swedish diplomats. The Foreign Ministry inside Stockholm said they excessively were "engaged inside normal diplomatic activities."

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The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced sanctions opposed to 287 British lawmakers inside response to the U.K. sanctioning 368 members of Russia's foot house of parliament.

The management dividing on Wednesday released a list of both management with every one other accompanied by opposition lawmakers, with every one other accompanied by a few former lawmakers. They are now barred from entering Russia since they "took the most operative small portion inside the setting up of anti-Russian sanctions instruments inside London (and) give to the groundless ramping-up of Russophobic hysteria inside the U.K."

The ministry's statement said that "hostile rhetoric with every one other accompanied by far-fetched accusations coming from the mouths of British parliamentarians not only condone the hostile way of London aimed at demonizing our country with every one other accompanied by (at) its international isolation, nevertheless are too used by opponents of mutually respectful conversation accompanied by Russia to undermine the footing of bilateral cooperation."

Responding to the announcement, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that "those 287 should believe concerning it while a badge of honor."

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MOSCOW — The Kremlin has criticized a statement by a Ukrainian presidential counsellor holding the door not shut to possible military deed inside the separatist Trans-Dniester neighbourhood of Moldova.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday described the statement by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's counsellor Oleksiy Arestovych while "quite provocative." Asked inside a video brook if Ukraine could dispatch its forces into Trans-Dniester, Arestovych said it could do that nevertheless only if Moldova asks for it.

Trans-Dniester, a sliver of land accompanied by concerning 470,000 people, has been under the jurisdiction of separatist authorities since a 1992 war accompanied by Moldova. Russia bases concerning 1,500 troops inside the breakaway region, nominally while peacekeepers. Tensions inside the neighbourhood have escalated inside recent days accompanied by a series of explosions, for which no indeed one claimed responsibility, raising fears of broader hostilities.

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BERLIN — The German management has rejected censure that it has been slow to provide Ukraine accompanied by weapons requested by Kyiv.

Following domestic with every one other accompanied by international pressure, Germany announced this week that it would permit the conveyance of self-propelled armored anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine to assist it fend off Russia's military attack, backing off earlier reluctance provide heavy weapons to the country.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz's spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit, said that "the confederate management with every one other accompanied by chancellor have looked accompanied by great seriousness at the difficult circumstances Ukraine, Europe with every one other accompanied by the entire world are in, with every one other accompanied by taken a extremely balanced decision."

He told reporters inside Berlin: "I don't see a alter of position on the small portion of the government, nevertheless continuity."

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KYIV, Ukraine — The International Atomic Energy Agency's director-general says the flat of safety at Europe's largest nuclear plant, currently under Russian occupation inside Ukraine, is exist fond of a "red illumination blinking" while his organization tries inside vain to obtain access for labour including repairs.

In an meeting accompanied by The Associated Press, Rafael Grossi said that the IAEA needs access to the Zaporizhzhia plant inside southern Ukraine so its inspectors can, among other things, reestablish connections accompanied by the Vienna-based headquarters of the U.N. agency. And for that, both Russia with every one other accompanied by Ukraine need to help.

The plant requires repairs, "and all of this is not happening. So the circumstances while I have described it, with every one other accompanied by I would repeat it today, is not sustainable while it is," Grossi said. "So this is a pending issue. This is a scarlet illumination blinking."

He spoke inside an meeting Wednesday, a day following gathering accompanied by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy concerning the issue.

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MOSCOW — The Kremlin says that Russia may halt gasoline supplies to other European customers following a cutoff to Poland with every one other accompanied by Bulgaria if they too decline to switch to remittance inside rubles.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, argued that the Russian request to switch to rubles inside payments for gasoline resulted from the Western deed to turn into ice Russian firm currency assets. He said those were effectively "stolen" by the West inside an "unprecedented hostile action."

Speaking inside a conference call Wednesday accompanied by reporters, Peskov warned that other European customers may see the taps turned off if they decline to pay for gasoline inside rubles by the hour dated remittance is due. Peskov argued that refusing to switch to rubles reflects a Western wish to "punish Russia at some cost to the detriment of their own consumers, taxpayers with every one other accompanied by producers."

He rejected the EU's description of the Russian go to halt supplies to Bulgaria with every one other accompanied by Poland starting Wednesday while blackmail, insisting that "Russia has remained a reliable supplier of vitality resources" with every one other accompanied by stuck to its contractual obligations.

Peskov argued that the request for remittance inside rubles is purely technical with every one other accompanied by doesn't alter cost or other accord conditions for consumers.

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BELGRADE, Serbia -- Serbia says that the Russian cutoff of gasoline supplies to Bulgaria does not affect the Balkan country.

Serbia receives some 6 million cubic meters of Russian gasoline done every one day via neighboring Bulgaria. Energy Minister Zorana Mihailovic inside a statement on Wednesday that supplies have not been halted.

Mihailovic said authorities nonetheless were looking into backup options inside instance the circumstances becomes additional complicated.

Serbia depends laboriously on Russian gasoline with every one other accompanied by the country's main lubricant monopoly is owned by the Russian colossus Gazprom. The country has refused to fasten sanctions opposed to Russia over the war inside Ukraine.

Mihailovic added that the Serbian management is by that hour dated preparing plans for following winter. She said that "we have to firm vitality stability inside some possible way since at this little while it is every one condition for itself."

Serbia sold 51% of the Serbia Oil Industry firm to Gazprom inside 2008.

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STOCKHOLM -- The head of Sweden's domestic safety agency says Russia has a "limited hour dated window" to effect the Scandinavian country's position on whether to fasten NATO with every one other accompanied by try to lay clasp of advantage of it.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has led to growing support inside Sweden with every one other accompanied by eastern neighbor Finland, which has a lengthy land border accompanied by Russia, for joining NATO.

Newspapers inside both countries reported this week that the Swedish with every one other accompanied by Finnish governments have agreed to give in NATO applications at the same hour dated with every one other accompanied by that they will do so inside mid-May.

The head of Swedish safety agency SAPO, Charlotte von Essen, said Wednesday that Russian effect on the debate inside Sweden "could occur inside numerous different arenas at the same hour dated to effect the media, condition opinion with every one other accompanied by decision-makers." She spoke throughout a gathering accompanied by her Finnish with every one other accompanied by Norwegian counterparts.

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BERLIN — Climate activists have tried to shut down some lubricant pipelines inside Germany to objection the use of fossil fuels with every one other accompanied by the war inside Ukraine.

German report agency dpa quoted geographical police on Wednesday confirming that a woman with every one other accompanied by a male had chained or glued themselves to a facility inside Schwedt, northeast of Berlin.

The category Last Generation, which has staged main highway blockades with every one other accompanied by other protests inside recent months, too said its members entered a pipeline facility south of Cologne. Security staff prevented activists from disrupting a third facility inside Breydin, too northeast of Berlin, dpa reported.

The category posted pictures showing activists placing sunflowers — a symbol of support for Ukraine — on the shutoff valves at set of two facilities. It was unclear whether some lubricant flows had actually been stopped.

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KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian Premier League soccer time has been officially declared over following the Russian invasion.

The alliance said following a video conference accompanied by clubs Tuesday that the standings while of Feb. 24, when the Russian invasion began with every one other accompanied by games were suspended, will exist declared final "because the championship cannot exist played to completion." Shakhtar Donetsk was the leader at that hour dated nevertheless the alliance said no indeed official award would exist made.

The standings could potentially determine guarantee for European competitions following time if Ukrainian clubs are deemed intelligent to lay clasp of part. The league's decision must exist approved by the Ukrainian Football Association.

Of the 16 top-flight teams, FC Mariupol's place of residence stadium is now inside territory under Russian jurisdiction with every one other accompanied by the stadium of Desna Chernihiv was wrecked by bombardments that collapsed small portion of a stand with every one other accompanied by left-hand a deep crater inside the field.

Ukraine's set of two biggest teams, Shakhtar with every one other accompanied by Dynamo Kyiv, are every one touring Europe to amuse oneself a series of non-profit-making organization games opposed to clubs from around the mainland with every one other accompanied by lift funds for people affected by the war.

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BERLIN — Germany's influential ADAC auto club is calling on its 21 million members to assist lessen the country's lubricant imports from Russia by driving less with every one other accompanied by taking their foot off the gasoline where possible.

In an not shut letter posted on its website Wednesday, the club's leadership said driving additional slowly with every one other accompanied by anticipating stops were among the ways drivers could lessen fuel eating by up to 20%.

They too urged drivers to believe concerning whether they really need to lay clasp of the automobile or could switch to walking, cycling or condition transport instead.

The German management says it wants to wean the country off Russian lubricant imports by the extremity of the year.

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BERLIN — Chemicals maker BASF says it will wind down most of its work inside Russia with every one other accompanied by Belarus by the beginning of July.

The Ludwigshafen, Germany-based firm said Wednesday that it "has not conducted new business" inside the set of two countries inside illumination of Russia's invasion of Ukraine with every one other accompanied by has now decided to way out most of its existing activities there.

It said that it is exempting work to support food manufacture "as the war risks triggering a worldwide food crisis."

BASF said it currently has 684 employees inside Russia with every one other accompanied by Belarus with every one other accompanied by plans to "continue its support" for them until the extremity of this year. It said the set of two countries accounted for concerning 1% of its total sales last year.

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WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's main minister has lashed not here at Russia for trying to "blackmail" his country accompanied by an abrupt cutoff of gasoline supplies. He says he believes the go was revenge for new sanctions that Warsaw imposed this week opposed to Russia.

The sanctions announced Tuesday targeted 50 Russian oligarchs with every one other accompanied by companies, including Gazprom. Hours subsequent Poland said it had received observation that Gazprom was cutting off supplies to Poland for failing to comply accompanied by new demands to pay inside Russian rubles.

Speaking to the Polish parliament, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki vowed that Poland would not exist cowed by the gasoline cutoff. He said Poland was protected from danger gratitude to years of efforts aimed at securing gasoline from other countries.

Lawmakers stood with every one other accompanied by applauded when he said that Russia's "gas blackmail" would have no indeed effect on his country.

Russian made up some 45% of Poland's all-inclusive gasoline usage until the cutoff. But Poland is a lengthy way additional reliant on coal to hotness homes with every one other accompanied by fuel industry, accompanied by gasoline accounting for only 9% of the country's all-inclusive vitality mix.

Russian supplies were too due to extremity subsequent this year inside some case. Poland has made plans to obtain its supplies from other countries, including Norway. A new pipeline, "Baltic Pipe," is due to become operational inside the fall.

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BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary's overseas minister says his country's present with of Russian natural gasoline is unaffected by the decision of Russia's Gazprom to gash supplies to Poland with every one other accompanied by Bulgaria.

Peter Szijjarto said inside a video on Facebook Wednesday that "the report that Gazprom's deliveries to Bulgaria have stopped may exist worrying," nevertheless the transit of Russian gasoline to Hungary via Bulgaria would continue.

He said: "I would exist fond of to reassure everybody that the non-delivery of gasoline to Bulgaria does not signify the place an extremity to of transit into and not here of Bulgaria."

Gazprom said it would suspend gasoline deliveries to Bulgaria with every one other accompanied by Poland beginning on Wednesday following those countries refused to comply accompanied by Russian President Vladimir Putin's request that European countries pay for gasoline inside rubles.

Szijjarto said Hungary receives around 3.5 billion cubic meters of Russian gasoline per year via a pipeline that passes into and not here of Turkey, Bulgaria with every one other accompanied by Serbia. He added that present with was assured following Hungary reached an accord accompanied by Russia whereby gasoline payments would exist made to Gazprombank inside euros with every one other accompanied by at that hour dated converted into rubles.

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LONDON — Britain's top diplomat says the West should dispatch planes to Ukraine to bolster its fight opposed to Russian invasion.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says "the fate of Ukraine remains inside the balance," with every one other accompanied by is calling for Western nations to grow military support to Kyiv.

In a speech inside London on Wednesday, Truss will say: "Heavy weapons, tanks, aeroplanes – digging deep into our inventories, ramping up production."

She says that "if Putin succeeds there will exist untold further misery across Europe with every one other accompanied by dreadful consequences across the globe. We would never be in touch protected from danger again. So we must exist prepared for the lengthy haul with every one other accompanied by dual down on our support for Ukraine."

Truss is too calling for tougher monetary sanctions on Russia, saying the West must gash off Russian lubricant with every one other accompanied by gasoline imports "once with every one other accompanied by for all."

Extracts of the speech were released inside go forward by the Foreign Office.

NATO nations have supplied Ukraine accompanied by military gearwheel including missiles with every one other accompanied by armored vehicles, nevertheless have been reluctant to dispatch fighter planes not here of be about concerning escalating the conflict.

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MOSCOW — The Russian military says it has struck a batch of Western weapons delivered to Ukraine.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday that sea-launched Kalibr cruise missiles hit the weapons stored on the grounds of an aluminum plant inside Zaporizhzhia. He said the batch of weapons contained apparatus from the U.S. with every one other accompanied by European countries.

Konashenkov too said that the Russian warplanes struck 59 Ukrainian targets, including areas of concentrations of troops with every one other accompanied by equipment. He said Russian artillery hit 573 Ukrainian targets.

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BRUSSELS — European Union officials are holding crisis gasoline talks following Russia's decision to abruptly turn off supplies to Poland with every one other accompanied by Bulgaria, according to the bloc's top official.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the announcement by Gazprom "is yet another try by Russia to use gasoline while an instrument of blackmail."

Von der Leyen lashed not here at what she described while an "unjustified with every one other accompanied by unacceptable" go underlining "the unreliability of Russia while a gasoline supplier." Von der Leyen, the head of the EU's administrative branch, said a gathering of the gasoline coordination category was underway, adding that the region's 27 countries are prepared to weather Russia's cutoffs.

"Member States have place inside place contingency plans for fair such a conspiracy with every one other accompanied by we worked accompanied by them inside coordination with every one other accompanied by solidarity," she said. "We are mapping not here our coordinated EU response. We will too carry on accompanied by employed accompanied by international partners to firm different flows."

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LONDON — British military authorities speak Ukraine retains jurisdiction of a majority of the country's airspace while Russia has failed to demolish Ukraine's air strength or suppress its air defenses.

The U.K. Ministry of Defense, inside an intellectual capacity update released Wednesday morning, says Russian air activity is focused on supporting ground forces inside southern with every one other accompanied by eastern Ukraine.

The management dividing says Russian air forces have "very limited" access to northern with every one other accompanied by western Ukraine, limiting them to long-range attacks accompanied by missiles with every one other accompanied by other "stand-off" weapons.

The management dividing too says that the majority of air strikes on the southern city of Mariupol are inside all likelihood actuality conducted accompanied by unguided bombs, which are difficult to mark with every one other accompanied by grow civilian casualties.

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