The advance comes amid reports that Russian-backed separatists are dropping “bunker busters” as they storm the last stronghold of Ukrainian forces in Mariupol.
The soldiers are concentrating on the Azovstal metallurgical plant in the beleaguered port city, whose network of underground tunnels currently houses thousands of Ukrainian soldiers and up to 1,000 civilians.
The civilians hiding in the maze of passageways are believed to be mainly women and children.
This video shows people describing the conditions in the tunnels.
The UK is revoking the Moscow Stock Exchange’s status as a recognized exchange in the latest sign of Russia’s isolation from the global financial system.
The move, announced by HM Revenue & Customs, comes as IMF economists cut their growth forecasts following the Russian invasion and warned that the world risks splitting into two economic blocs as a ” tectonic shift” would end decades of globalization.
Read how China and Russia are feared to create a financial system to compete with the West.
Tim Wallace is looking for who will save the world economy while Matthew Lynn explains why Germany should also face sanctions if it does not stop buying Russian gas.
Today Boris Johnson joined a call with other G7 leaders, chaired by Joe Biden, on the war in Ukraine.
Yet at home his immigration policy was criticized, with the prime minister’s achievements seriously undermined by the treatment of Ukrainian refugees.
In the Commons today, former Prime Minister Theresa May said she did not support Government plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda on grounds of ‘legality, practicality and efficiency’.
Matthew Lesh explains why the British tick box let Ukrainian refugees down.
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Japanese scientists have reinvigorated a low-sodium diet by developing electrically charged chopsticks that trick diners’ taste buds into thinking their meal has been liberally sprinkled with salt. Meiji University scientists have teamed up with Kirin Holdings Company, one of Japan’s largest beverage manufacturers, to turn traditional chopsticks into a cutting-edge solution for high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. other diseases associated with high salt intake. See them in action.
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