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Mariya Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova – Itar-Tass News Agency/Alamy Stock Photo/Reuters/Evgenia Novozhenina

Brussels plans to hit Vladimir Putin’s daughters with sanctions as it responds to alleged war crimes with punitive measures, including a ban on Russian coal imports.

Katerina Tikhonova and Mariya Vorontsova, whose lives are shrouded in secrecy, are on a preliminary list of targets including politicians, propagandists, oligarchs and their family members.

The blacklist, which is subject to change and will involve asset freezes and travel bans, will be submitted to European Union ambassadors on Wednesday for approval.

The move is largely symbolic as it is unclear whether Ms Vorontsova, who co-owns a healthcare investment project, and Ms Tikhonova, who heads an artificial intelligence institute at the University of Moscow State, have assets outside of Russia.

The EU is also expected to ban coal imports, worth around £3.3billion, in its first action against Russia’s energy sector.

The European Commission said it was working on more sanctions targeting oil, but there are no plans to hit the most important gas imports.

Ursula von der Leyen, the chair of the commission, said: “We have all seen the horrifying images of Bucha and other areas from which Russian troops have recently departed. These atrocities cannot and will not go unaddressed.

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Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission – Frederick Florin/AFP via Getty Images

Germany, which depends on Russian gas, has ruled out an immediate gas embargo, meaning EU sanctions would not have the unanimous backing needed to be approved.

The move came after Liz Truss called on European allies to set a timetable to end Russian oil and gas imports ahead of Wednesday’s meeting of NATO and G7 foreign ministers in Brussels.

The foreign minister said Western sanctions were pushing Russia’s economy back into “the Soviet era” and demanded even tougher measures to stop the war in Ukraine, including more weapons for kyiv.

She said the UK had frozen £266.3bn of Putin’s war chest and rendered more than 60% of its £461.5bn of foreign currency reserves unavailable.

On Wednesday, the United States is expected to ban all new investment in Russia, as part of its latest round of sanctions.

The measures, which will be taken in coordination with the G7 and the EU, “will include a ban on all new investment in Russia, increased sanctions against financial institutions and state-owned companies in Russia,” a US official said.

New sanctions against Russian government officials and their family members are also planned.

Europe tightens sanctions

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Russian Embassy in Dublin – Damien Storan/PA Wire

EU ambassadors will discuss a total ban on transactions for four Russian banks, as well as an embargo on Russian ships entering EU ports with certain exemptions for agricultural and food products, aid humanitarian and energy.

Russian wood, cement and alcohol and seafood, such as vodka and caviar, will also be banned. Imports are around £4.6 billion a year.

The EU should ban Russian and Belarusian road transport operators and prohibit the sale to Russia of quantum computers, advanced semiconductors, sensitive machinery and transport equipment worth 8.3 billion pounds per year. It will exclude Russian companies from public tenders in EU countries.

Brussels on Tuesday expelled 19 Russian diplomats from Belgium for “engaging in activities contrary to their diplomatic status”.

Russia’s ambassador to the EU warned of retaliation as Putin warned that Moscow would “watch” food exports to “hostile” countries carefully.

Romania, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Sweden also expelled suspected spies a day after France and Germany ordered diplomats out of embassies in Paris and Berlin. About 184 diplomats have been expelled from European embassies since Monday.

Meanwhile, the Russian Embassy in Ireland has complained of running out of fuel for heating and hot water after Irish companies refused to deliver supplies because of the war.

The embassy has pleaded with the Dublin government to intervene after its boiler contract and fuel card account were canceled by separate companies.

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