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NATO ready to strengthen military support to Ukraine

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Ukraine’s foreign minister has addressed the media following the NATO meeting in Brussels

He says Ukraine is not only fighting to protect itself, but “also the security of NATO members”, adding it’s only fair the alliance provides his country with what they need to win this bloody war

The increasing support of the West for Ukraine comes at a time when China is refusing to condemn Russian aggression.

This comes as Russia is removed from Human Rights Council

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield has spoken out following Russia’s suspension from the Human Rights Council.

ticker’s US correspondent Veronica Dudo explains

Thomas-Greenfield says “countries from around the globe have voted to suspend Russia, for its gross and systematic violations of human rights, sending a strong signal that the suffering of victims and survivors will not be ignored”.

The vote on Thursday local time saw 93 countries in favour, 24 against and 58 abstentions.

The draft resolution says the General Assembly will “suspend the rights of membership in the Human Rights Council of a member of the Council that commits gross and systematic violations of human rights.”

Russia has responded to the move, with the country’s deputy ambassador to the UN labelling it “an illegitimate and politically motivated step.”

This comes as NATO foreign ministers continue their high-stakes talks in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirming the West has agreed to further “strengthen and sustain” its support for Ukraine.

Ukraine’s foreign minister has also addressed the media following the NATO agreement.

He says Ukraine is not only fighting to protect itself, but “also the security of NATO members”, adding it’s only fair the alliance provides his country with what they need to win this bloody war.

The increasing support of the West for Ukraine comes at a time when China is refusing to condemn Russian aggression.

At the UN meeting, China’s ambassador says removing Russia from the Human Rights Council “in such a way” will “set new dangerous precedent” and “produce serious consequences”.

Meanwhile, NATO and its Asia-Pacific partners are step[ping up their “practical and political cooperation”.

As China refuses to condemn Russia, Stoltenberg says now more than ever the West needs to stick together.

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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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