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NATO leaders gather on the war in Ukraine-: Mariupol converting in a horror city: Update

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NATO leaders gather for an emergency summit in Brussels, which US President Joe Biden is attending. The US has determined that Russian troops have committed war crimes in Ukraine, the US secretary of state has announced.

The meeting will approve the deployment of thousands more troops to eastern Europe - to Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania - in an effort to bolster NATO's eastern flank.

Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said without any evidence that Russia is using phosphorous bombs - banned under international law.

In an interview with the Spanish TVE channel, the European Union's diplomat Joseph Borrell said: "Right now, Russia doesn't want to sit and negotiate anything: what it wants is to occupy the ground. It wants to surround the coast to the border with Moldova and isolate Ukraine from the sea. It wants to negotiate in earnest only when it has secured a position of strength."

The UK extends sanctions to include 65 more Russian individuals and organisations including the Wagner Group of mercenaries.

Meanwhile, Ukraine's navy says it has destroyed a Russia n ship in the occupied Ukrainian port city of Berdyansk.

A month into the war, there's destruction and suffering almost everywhere in Ukraine but no place has seen the horrors of Russia's unprovoked aggression like Mariupol.

And amid those ruins, 100,000 people are still trapped, subjected to a medieval-like siege. There is no electricity, no gas, no running water. Some have melted snow to drink. Reports say children have died from dehydration.

Bodies are being left in the streets, as it's too dangerous for people to go out and get them. When they're finally collected, some end up buried in mass graves.

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