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Putin responds to Biden’s “war criminal” comments

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The Kremlin has responded to comments made by US President Joe Biden where he referred to Russian President Putin as a “war criminal

The Russian Government says comments made by the US President are “unforgiveable” and has vowed it will not be ending its military operation in Ukraine anytime soon.

Ukraine will receive an additional $1 billion in security assistance from the United States as the war continues

President Biden is pledging the direct transfer of weapons to Ukrainian forces… in what he says ensures “Ukraine will never be a victory for Putin”.

The total military assistance being provided by the United States is more than it has ever provided to a single country in the past.

This latest assistance package will include a range of weaponry and defensive machinery including drones, anti-aircraft systems, machine guns, shotguns, grenade launchers and 20 million rounds of ammunition.

Biden says the West will continue to do everything it can to push for an end to this tragic war.

Following this media conference, Biden publicly labelled Vladimir Putin a war criminal

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has delivered a passionate address virtually to Congress with a clear message: “We are all Ukrainians”.

With his nation under siege, the leader called on American lawmakers to do more, requesting further lethal aid, a no-fly zone and increased sanctions on Russians.

Zelensky also proposed the creation of a new international security organization, asking President Biden to be the leader not only of the U-S but of the world.

It’s not the first time Zelensky has spoken so passionately to Western diplomats, with this address following previous talks to Canadian, British and European lawmakers.

The International Court of Justice has officially ordered Moscow to stop its invasion of Ukraine, warning there is no evidence to support its justification of the war.

In a statement, the ICJ says:

“The Russian Federation shall immediately suspend the military operations, that have as their stated purpose the prevention and punishment of a claimed genocide”.

Ukraine filed a dispute to the court on February 26, citing the Convention of Crime of Genocide.

The hearing took place in The Hague, with the decision confirmed by a 13-2 vote.

A Russian and a Chinese judge were the two to vote against the decision.

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Russian Police investigate a crypto mining facility

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Russian Police are investigating a crypto mining facility, which is suspected of defrauding clients

It’s understood the miners handed devices to those who were running a mining hotel.

They are also accused of stealing their expensive coin minting hardware, and stopping payments to their customers.

The scam allegedly took place from November to May, where the suspects worked with people who wanted to install their coin minting hardware in a mining hotel.

They were offered electricity prices that were below market value.

Electricity consumed by some of the world’s largest cryptocurrencies has dropped by nearly half.

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Ukraine and Moldova on the edge of EU membership

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Ukraine and Moldova have officially been granted EU candidate status, moving the nations one step closer to joining the union

The decision comes nearly four months after Ukraine’s Zelensky launched his country’s bid to join the bloc, and deals a major blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But Russia’s President Putin claims he has “nothing against” the possible membership, saying it’s Ukraine’s “sovereign decision” to join or not.

But some analysts are doubting whether Russia’s comments are genuine.

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Russia targets Ukrainian capital of Kyiv during G7

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Russia has targeted the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, as leaders of the G7 meet in Germany

A missile strike left one dead, and six wounded after a residential apartment was hit. It’s the first such strikes on the capital in three weeks.

The city’s Deputy Mayor says four people were admitted to local hospitals, as authorities continue their search and rescue efforts.

It’s believed a 7-year-old girl is among those who are injured in the complex. Meanwhile, a missile funnel has been found in the backyard of a nearby kindergarten.

U-S President Joe Biden says the strikes are barbaric, but declined to comment on whether they were deliberately occurring because of the G7 meeting.

The Group of Seven leaders will ban imports of gold from Russia, the latest in a series of sweeping sanctions against the nation for its war in Ukraine.

Leaders will also discuss rising energy costs and inflation.

President Biden is also pledging 200 billion dollars as part of a global infrastructure package to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Meanwhile, Russia maintains the invasion is a special military operation.

The nation’s Defence Minister has paid a visit to Russian troops and giving medals to soldiers.

President Vladimir Putin says his nation will transfer nuclear-capable missile systems to Belarus in the coming months.

Belarus has been a close ally to Russia. The nation’s President travelled to St Petersburg for a series of meetings at the weekend.

Meanwhile, the G7 says there is one world leader who is missing from their high-stakes talks.

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