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Zelenskiy discusses urgent aid, Russia sanctions with EU chief

(Reuters) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday he previously called on the EU to urgently allocate its next round of aid to Ukraine and pressed for a fresh wave of sanctions on Russia in a telephone call with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen.

Discussed the allocation of another tranche of #EU macro-(financial) aid ASAP. Emphasized the necessity to prepare the 8th package of (Western) sanctions (on Russia), including a ban on issuing visas to Russian citizens, he said on Twitter.

Zelenskiy, who has warned Europeans to anticipate a hard winter because of Russian coal and oil exports cuts, also said he and Von Der Leyen coordinated steps to limit Russias excess profits from the sale of coal and oil.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said earlier that Kyiv was expecting a tranche of 5 billion euros ($4.98 billion) in macro-financial the help of the EU this coming week.

(Reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Tom Balmforth and Philippa Fletcher)

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