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US President Joe Biden backs up Putin comments made in Poland



US President Joe Biden has clarified his own ad-lib remarks made in Poland, saying he was speaking directly to the Russian people

During a speech in Warsaw, Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power” with White House aids jumping in to clear up the incident.

When asked why he made the comment, Biden says he’s “not walking anything back”

As Ukraine and Russia peace talks get set to resume this week in Turkey, it appears Russian President Vladimir Putin is unwilling to compromise.

Ukrainian officials have also played down the major breakthrough after Turkey’s president spoke with Putin on Sunday.

Can a peace deal be made?

However, Ukraine’s president Zelensky says his government is still willing to adopt a neutral status as part of a peace deal.

Speaking to independent Russian media, Zelensky says any such deal made with Russia will need to first be put to a referendum.

Zelensky says his country is “ready to go” when it comes to “security guarantees and neutrality” as well as a “non-nuclear status”.

Neutrality refers to one nation’s agreement to not align militarily with any others.

But with in person talks resuming, some experts say this represents a shift in play behind the scenes, as Russia’s invasion stalls and increasing Western sanctions take their toll.

As the threat of nuclear warfare lingers, the UN Secretary General says there are steps being taken to guarantee the security of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities.

In the besieged city of Mariupol, civilians remain under constant attack, with the city’s mayor saying there are still 160,000 people trapped inside.

Russia has been accused of blocking evacuation attempts, as the UK’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warns the West needs to ensure Ukraine isn’t sold out.


Russian Police investigate a crypto mining facility



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



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



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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