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"Russia Sponsors State Terrorism" - EU


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UPDATED TO INCLUDE CYBERATTACK AFTER VOTE: The European Parliament on Wednesday designated Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, arguing Moscow's military strikes on civilian targets such as energy infrastructure, hospitals, schools and shelters violated international law.

European lawmakers have voted in favor of a resolution calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.

However, the move is largely symbolic, as the European Union does not have a legal framework in place to back it up. At the same time, the bloc has already imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

The European Parliament website was hit by a cyber attack on Wednesday shortly after lawmakers approved the resolution.

Parliament spokesman Jaume Duch posted on Twitter that the site had been targeted by a "DDOS attack" designed to force high levels of traffic from outside parliament onto the site, disrupting the network.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has urged the United States and other countries to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, accusing its forces of targeting civilians, which Moscow denies.

In the EU, the parliaments of four countries have so far designated Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, according to the European Parliamentary Research Service: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has so far refused to list Russia despite resolutions in both chambers of Congress urging him to do so.