Ukriane Update: Russian Forces Intensified Bombardment in Kyiv, says U.S.

Russian forces launched intensified bombardment in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, according to the U.S. While NATO defense ministers looking to bolster defenses as the Kremlin’s assault takes a heavy toll on the civilian population of its neighbor. 

Meanwhile, Russia said it is ready to provide humanitarian corridors on Wednesday for people fleeing Kyiv and four other Ukrainian cities, as the number of refugees created by the biggest assault on a European country since World War Two surpassed 2 million.

In Washington, President Joe Biden announced import curbs on Russian oil, liquefied natural gas and coal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order restricting trade in unspecified goods and raw materials, with the economy under growing pressure from sanctions.

Oil pushed higher on the U.S. move to ban imports of Russian fossil fuels in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine. The U.K. will prohibit Russian barrels too but spare natural gas and coal.