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The fight for Mariupol intensifies as Zelensky pleas for military assistance

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Russian and Ukrainian forces are continuing to fight for control of the major port city of Mariupol as President Zelensky appealed to Israel for further military assistance.

During a video address to Israel’s parliament, Zelensky asked why the nation was relectent to part ways with its high-tech Dome missile defence system.

This follows Israeli President Naftali Bennet holding a number of calls with both Russia and Ukraine in recent weeks, all in an attempt to bring an end to the war.

Back in Ukraine, destruction in Mariupol has only continued to increase, with the city suffering through some of the heaviest bombardment since Russia launched its invasion.

If Russian forces successfully capture the port city, it would allow them to establish a land corridor through to the Crimea peninsula… the region Moscow annexed back in 2014.

Putin continues to claim his invasion of Ukraine is a “special operation” designed to root out people the Russian leader labels “dangerous nationals”.

But Zelensaky says the siege of Mariupol is a war crime.

Here’s a recap of what you need to know:

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky appeals to Israel for further military support during a video address.
  • An art school in Mariupol where 400 people were sheltering has been destroyed, as Russian troops increase the severity of their attacks on the port city.
  • US President Joe Biden will meet with fellow world leaders in Europe this week, but many believe it won’t be enough to end the bloody war.
  • New claims thousands of Ukrainian residents are being forcibly taken to Russian cities.

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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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