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Russia-Ukraine war

Ukraine’s military says it's working to evacuate all remaining troops from the southern port city of Mariupol, ceding full control to Russia after weeks of siege. The military has also announced an end to the combat mission in the city. On Monday, hundreds of Ukrainian forces, many of them wounded, were transferred to Russian-held towns. Moscow earlier said a deal had been reached to evacuate the injured troops. Some 600 soldiers and civilians were holed up in Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant for over two months as Russian forces took control of other parts of the city. Ukraine’s deputy defense minister says all of the evacuees will be subject to a potential prisoner exchange with Moscow. Meanwhile, Russia continues its airstrikes on Kiev and Lviv, near Poland's border. A series of blasts hit Lviv a few hours ago, but so far, no reports of casualties or damage.

EU's Russia sanctions

European Union foreign ministers have failed to reach an agreement on the sixth round of sanctions against Russia over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The latest tranche includes a proposal to ban imports of Russian oil to the EU but Hungary is blocking the move over economic concerns.

Israel ‘source of insecurity’

Iran's foreign minister has condemned the Israeli regime's crimes against Palestinians, including the desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Al-Quds. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Israel is the source of insecurity in the region. He made these remarks in a meeting with the new President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi. Amir-Abdollahian congratulated Sheikh Mohamed on his appointment as the Arab country's new president. He expressed hope that relations between the two countries would grow in all areas. Sheikh Mohamed, for his part, called for the removal of obstacles in deepening bilateral relations, saying that regional issues should be resolved by the countries in the region.

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