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Fighters evacuated from Azovstal as explosions shock Lviv

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Ukraine’s defence ministry has begun its operation to evacuate fighters from the besieged Azovstal steelworks plant

More than 260 have been rescued, with 53 heavily injured fighters taken to a nearby town, held by Russian-backed rebels.

A further 211 have been evacuated using a humanitarian corridor to another rebel-held territory.

Reuters is reporting around a dozen buses carrying Ukrainian fighters who were sheltering below the plant have been leaving the site.

Ukraine’s Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar says some defenders remain at the Azovstal plant and rescue efforts are continuing to be carried out.

While soldiers are being evacuated from Azovstal, upwards of a dozen or more loud explosions have been heard from Lviv city center

Multiple explosions have been heard in the city within several kilometres from the frontline and millions refugees from the Eastern Ukraine.

A senior U.S. defence official says Russian long-range attacks near Lviv appeared to target a Ukrainian military training centre.

Meanwhile, in a translated tweet, the mayor of Lviv says there are explosions but Missiles hitting the city are not confirmed, telling followers that more accurate information will be available in the morning.

He is urging citizens to stay in the bomb shelters and not to ignore air raids.

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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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