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UKRAINE: At least 14 killed including Ukrainian official in helicopter crash



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A helicopter crash killed at least 14 people near a kindergarten in  Brovary, the Kyiv region of Ukraine Wednesday, according to reports.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing, according to Ukrainian officials and reports from the region. It occurred at 8:20am local time and more than 25 people were injured, including 11 children, the state emergency service of Ukraine said

Ukraine’s Interior Minister was among the dead. President Volodymyr Zelensky called this event a ” terrible tragedy” and Ukrainian officials have now launched an investigation, stated the Associated Press.

Some of the most senior government officials to have been slain since the war has started. The most senior official who passed was Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi. Suella Braverman (British Home Secretary) reffered to Monastyrskyi as a “leading light” to the Ukrainian people in the stand against President Putin and his tyrannical invasion. Monastyrskyi had authority over the countries police and emergency services.

The death of Monastyrskyi is the second major catastrophe to have taken place in Ukraine over a four day span. Previously, a Russian missile hit an apartment building in Dnipro, Ukraine killing at least 45 people.

Among those dead it is confirmed that, five interior ministry officials, one national police official and three crew members were killed.

There has been no word on wether this tragic event was an accident/pilot error or if it was related to the war. As the investigation is underway the possibility of the death toll rising is very possible according to Gov. Oleksii Kuleba. According to one television station the helicopter in the crash was a super puma also known as the H215.

Ukraines first lady is in Davos, Switzerland said Wednesday, “another very sad day today- new losses.”

The World Economic forum held 15 seconds of silence Wednesday for those killed in the crash, according to the AP.

We will continue to update this story.


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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation



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In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.

The charges against Hunter Biden include:

• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm

• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer

•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance

According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.

Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.

The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.

Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.

Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.

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