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Ukraine has banned all imports from Russia, one of its key pre-war trading partners, with annual imports valued at about $ 6 billion, and called on other countries to follow suit and impose tougher economic sanctions on Moscow, according to Reuters.

“Today we officially announced the complete cessation of trade in goods with the aggressor state,” Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday. “From now on, no products of the Russian Federation will be able to be imported into our state.”

Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the exchange of goods and services between the two neighboring countries has been virtually non-existent, but Saturday’s move makes the cessation of imports a law.

“The enemy’s budget will not receive these funds, which will reduce its potential to finance the war,” Svyrydenko said. “Such a step by Ukraine can serve as an example for our Western partners and can stimulate them to strengthen sanctions against Russia, including the implementation of the energy embargo and the isolation of all Russian banks.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly called on the West to boycott Russian oil and other exports and to halt exports to Russia because of its military attack.

The West has imposed numerous measures on Russia that have already isolated Moscow to an unprecedented degree from such a large economy, and on Saturday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said more sanctions were forthcoming.