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Migrants and asylum seekers remain locked up near front lines

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Human Rights Watch said, on Friday, noted concern over Migrants and asylum seekers locked up in a migrant detention centre in Mykolaiv on the edge of the front lines in southern Ukraine. 

Ukraine should urgently release the dozens of migrants and asylum seekers …… and allow them to reach safety in neighbouring countries.

Nadia Hardman, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Human Rights Watch notes that the detainees are terrified of being kept in immigration detention during the war.  

Detainees are terrified and in danger, and there is no justification for keeping them in.

In April, Human Rights Watch conducted multiple interviews with the detainees of two detention centres in Ukraine. 

The interviewees from both the centre noted that they had been detained months prior to the Russian invasion.

Irrespective of the reason, the Human Rights Watch says,

their continued detention is arbitrary and places them at risk of harm from military hostilities

On March 9 and April 20, Human Rights Watch wrote to the Ukrainian authorities about the situation but has not received a response.

The Global Detention Project, in March, reported that migrants and asylum seekers were taken out of the Chernihiv Temporary Holding Center.

Chernihiv centre’s deputy director, Borys Kryvov later told Human Rights Watch that the facility after being emptied was hit by munitions. The damage was limited; shattered windows and roof.

This, however, emphasises the urgent need of evacuating people from Zhuravychi and Mykolaiv centres.

Failed attempt at giving freedom

Interviewees in both, Zhuravychi and Mykolaiv centres said guards told them they could leave the facilities if they joined the Ukrainian war effort.

The guards also promised that they would be granted Ukrainian citizenship and documentation if they joined.

However, none of the detainees accepted the offer.

Witnesses of the war

People in both facilities have felt terrified of being locked up in a war zone. 

Due to its proximity to the Belarusian border, people in Zhuravychi centre heard explosions and artillery fire.

Similarly, the detainees at Mykolaiv facility could hear and see military planes flying over the detention facility and the sounds of explosions and artillery at regular intervals.

In a text message to Human Rights Watch on April 28, one man at the facility said,

I lost hope … I think death is very close.

All the interviewees noted that they wished to leave as soon as possible and seek refuge in neighbouring countries. 

Few people from both the facilities have been released and evacuated to Poland with the aid and assistance of their embassies.

Need for urgent Assistance

Verification of Identity and travel documents from the embassies might be needed for detainees from third countries.

However, this might also result in delayed releases of the detainees at both centres.

According to diplomatic sources, all released detainees formerly at Chernihiv have crossed the border out of Ukraine. They were released right after the danger became evident.

The European Union has funded Ukraine’s border control and migration management programs to construct the perimeter security systems at Zhuravychi migrant detention centre.

The aim was to stop the flow of migrants and asylum seekers into the EU by shifting the responsibility to the EU’s neighbouring countries, in this case, Ukraine.

As the EU aids Ukrainian refugees, the migrants and asylum seekers still await assistance to get out of danger in Ukraine.

 

Shreya Vats contributed to the story

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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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