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  • The European Union has struck a political agreement to suspend a visa facilitation arrangement with Russia, making it more difficult and expensive for Russian tourists to obtain visas, but the action falls far short of the blanket ban demanded by some politicians, the Washington Post wrote.
  • Russian energy giant Gazprom interrupted the delivery of natural gas to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Euronews reported. The corporation claims that the stoppage, which will remain until Saturday, is necessary for maintenance. But Western countries assert that Russia is weaponizing its gas supplies amid the Ukraine war.
  • Ukrainian forces have had “successes” in three areas of the Russian-occupied region of Kherson, the Guardian noted. Ukrainian soldiers had advanced in the districts of Kherson, Beryslav, and Kakhovka, according to Yuriy Sobolevskyi, the regional council’s deputy head. Sobolevskyi did not provide any details about the successes, but his remarks came as Russia’s defense ministry otherwise claimed that Ukraine’s efforts to stage a counter-offensive in the country’s south had failed.

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