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China declares position on Ukraine conflict

Beijing maintains an “independent” stance on the Ukraine crisis, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, Zhao Lijian, said during a press conference on Friday. The remark came in response to threats made by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who warned China on Thursday that Washington would “impose costs” on …

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Kremlin comments on Zelensky and Putin direct meeting

A direct meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his  Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, depends on the “modality” of the document they were to sign, a Kremlin official said on Friday. Answering a journalist’s question on whether the document settling the conflict in Ukraine requires both presidents signing it in …

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German towns struggle to accommodate Ukrainian refugees – media

“Chaotic, unfairly distributed, funding completely unclear” – these words encapsulate the current situation in many German towns, which have been facing an ever-growing influx of Ukrainian refugees in recent weeks, the mayor of Dormagen am Rhein told Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Thursday. Erik Lierenfeld described how his town recently had …

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Russians banned from ‘House of Democracy’

On Friday, the European Parliament (EP) formally banned Russian and Belarusian officials from entering its premises, vowing support for Ukraine instead. Neither nation is a member of the body, which acts as the legislature of the European Union (EU). “As of today, diplomatic and government staff of Russia and Belarus …

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Hundreds of unharmed civilians rescued from Mariupol theater

More than 200 civilians have been rescued unharmed from the bombed Mariupol Drama Theater, and one injured woman has been taken to hospital, the deputy mayor of the city told reporters on Friday. Initial claims from Kiev estimated over 1,000 people may have been killed in what they said was …

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Fast-food chain wants to close Russian outlets but can’t

Burger King won’t be able to join the exodus of Western corporations pulling out of Russia to make a public statement about the Ukraine crisis. The fast-food giant said its local partners want to keep its 800 restaurants open, and legal agreements don’t allow the chain to shut them down …

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