Paris Stabbing Attack Termed Act of Islamist Terrorism

Paris Stabbing Attack Termed Act of Islamist Terrorism

French police said on Saturday they had detained a person believed to be a former roommate of the man who attacked two people in Paris near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.Late Friday police released a 33-year-old Algerian man who was a witness and had “chased the assailant,” after the investigators corroborated the man’s account.
 
As of Saturday morning, a total of seven people remained in custody in connection with the Friday’s attack, including the suspected perpetrator.
 
The attacker was identified as an 18-year-old Pakistani man, who arrived in France three years ago as an unaccompanied minor.
 
French authorities launched an anti-terrorism investigation after the attack on Friday.In an interview with France 2 television station, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the attack was “clearly an act of Islamist terrorism.””Manifestly, the method was one of an Islamist terrorist. There is little doubt this is a new bloody attack against our country, against journalists, against our society, which you already mentioned in your report… a great amount of difficulties and emotions over the past few years and I would like the extend my support to them as well,” Darmanin said.France’s counterterrorism prosecutor, Jean-Francois Ricard, said the young man was arrested with another person not far from where the attack took place.Ricard said the attacker did not know the victims – a woman and a man from a documentary production company on a smoke break.The motivation for the attack and whether it had any connection to Charlie Hebdo is unclear.Islamist militants attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices in 2015, killing 12 people.A terrorism trial for 14 people accused of being accomplices in that attack is currently going on in Paris.Charlie Hebdo angered many Muslims by publishing cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad, and ahead of the trial it recently reprinted some of the same cartoons.Last week, police moved the magazine’s head of human resources from her home after she was the target of death threats around the start of the trial.
 
  

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Ukraine’s President Orders Prompt Investigation of Military Plane Crash

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday the causes of a military plane crash which killed 26 people would be investigated promptly and impartially.A military transport plane carrying air force cadets crashed and burst into flames near a highway in northeastern Ukraine on Friday evening.The State Emergency Service of Ukraine said 27 people had been on board the plane – seven crew members and 20 students. Only one cadet managed to survive.“Yesterday, as a result of a terrible tragedy… Ukraine lost 26 of its worthy sons,” Zelenskiy said on Facebook. “I insist that the causes of this plane crash be promptly clarified and that the investigation be objective and impartial.”He declared Saturday a day of mourning.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits a military hospital to meet with cadet Vyacheslav Zolochevskyi, who survived the crash of the Antonov An-26 aircraft, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sept. 26, 2020. (Presidential Press Service via Reuters)The Antonov An-26 aircraft crashed while trying to land during a training exercise, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said, adding that the black boxes with flight data had been found.Ukrainian authorities said they were investigating four possible causes of the crash — a technical malfunction involving the aircraft; improper performance by the crew; improper performance by flight control; and inadequate maintenance.The State Security Service, a Ukrainian law enforcement agency, said the plane crashed five minutes after the crew commander asked to land after the left engine of the twin-engine plane failed.“According to the preliminary information, the cadets did not directly control the aircraft – all flights were performed by the crew commander,” the State Security Service said in a statement on Saturday.The crash happened around 2 km from a military airport.The cadets were from the Kharkiv Air Force University, which is run by the Defense Ministry.The government said training flights on similar types of aircraft had been suspended. 

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Зеленський: саміт Україна – ЄС відбудеться 6 жовтня

22-й саміт Україна – Європейський союз має відбутися 6 жовтня. Про це президент України Володимир Зеленський домовився у телефонній розмові з президентом Європейської ради Шарлем Мішелем.

«З нетерпінням чекаємо зустрічі з вами та Урсулою фон дер Ляєн (головою Єврокомісії, – ред.), щоб обговорити важливе партнерство Україна – Європейський Союз», – мовиться у повідомленні Зеленського.

 

Попередній саміт Україна – ЄС відбувся у липні минулого року. За його підсумками були підписані угоди щодо фінансової підтримки громадянського суспільства, децентралізації, антикорупційних заходів і реформ.

 

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Мати курсанта, який вижив у катастрофі «Ан-26»: «Він зістрибнув і зміг вижити»

Мати курсанта В’ячеслава Золочевського, який єдиний вижив у катастрофі «Ан-26» на Харківщині, розповіла «Суспільному», що син встиг зістрибнути з літака.

«Він живий, він зістрибнув, він зміг вижити. Вчора він подзвонив мені о 16:00 і сказав: «Мамо, у мене польоти будуть з шостої до дев’ятої вечора. Він був дуже задоволений, щасливий, він чекав на ці польоти. Я побачила інформацію, що сталася катастрофа. І ще коли я прочитала, що це були льотні навчання, тим паче там були курсанти з Кожедуба, я не знала, що мені робити. Я боялася, що мого сина теж немає», – сказала вона.

За словами лікарів, стан Золочевського стабільний.

«Стан його розцінюється, як середнього ступеня важкості. Емоційно перевантажений. Загрози життю немає, ліків вистачає, стан його стабільний. Опіків він не має», – розповів начальник військово-медичного центру Едуард Хоршун.

 

На сторінці президента Володимира Зеленського у телеграмі опублікували фото Золочевського у лікарні.

 

Міністерство внутрішніх справ повідомляло, що літак Повітряних сил ЗСУ «Ан-26» впав біля Чугуєва Харківської області близько 20:50 25 вересня у двох кілометрах від військового аеродрому. У Збройних силах заявляли, що літак заходив на посадку. Спочатку рятувальники повідомляли, що на борту літака перебували 28 людей. Пізніше Командування Повітряних сил ЗСУ уточнило, що їх було 27 – курсанта Олександра Харченка в останній момент не допустили до польоту, тому його на борту не було. Внаслідок катастрофи 26 осіб загинули, одна людина вижила, вона перебуває у лікарні.

 

ДБР повідомило, що попередньо перевіряє чотири версії авіакатастрофи Ан-26 на Харківщині. Уряд створив комісію з розслідування катастрофи, яка має подати звіт до 25 жовтня.

26 вересня в Україні оголошене днем жалоби за жертвами авіакатастрофи на Харківщині.

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Breonna Taylor’s Attorney: Grand Jury Decision Is Example of Systemic Racism

Demonstrators took the streets for another night Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, to protest the killing of Breonna Taylor, a Black emergency medical worker who was killed by white police officers last March as they carried out a drug raid.About 15 protesters were arrested Friday, police said, for breaking the 9 p.m. curfew.Earlier Friday, Taylor’s family and their lawyer, Benjamin Crump, called on Kentucky Attorney General David Cameron to release body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury proceedings that did not bring homicide charges against the officers who killed Taylor.Crump said the grand jury’s decision is an example of systemic racism that persists in America. “It underscores what we’ve been saying all along,” he said.Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, said, “The police and law were not made to protect us Black and brown women.” Palmer said the grand jury’s decision confirms the fact that she has “no faith in the legal system.”Palmer said she “knew” Cameron “would never do his job” and added, “The system as a whole has failed Breonna.”Cameron is Kentucky’s first Black attorney general.U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who represents Kentucky, defended the investigation in a speech Thursday on the Senate floor, saying Cameron “conducted exactly the kind of thorough, impartial investigation that justice demands.” He called protests in Louisville in which two police officers were shot “more evidence of the lawlessness, riots, and violence that has plagued American cities too often this year.”Crump posted on Twitter he is hopeful a federal investigation into Taylor’s killing would produce charges against the officers. “We hope the FBI investigation finally gets justice for Bre and her family.”Taylor was killed when police on a drug raid entered her apartment on a “no-knock” warrant, authorized to allow police to enter a dwelling without warning to keep evidence from being destroyed. No drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment.However, Cameron said Wednesday that a neighbor of Taylor’s heard police announce their presence before entering Taylor’s apartment and that their entry was not deemed a “no-knock” raid.Cameron said the officers “were justified in their use of force” after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who says he heard no announcement by the police, opened fire at them first when they entered the apartment, thinking they were intruders.Attention is being focused on Taylor’s shooting and other cases following the death earlier this year of George Floyd, a Black man, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd’s death sparked protests around the world about social injustice.

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At Least 22 Die in Ukraine Plane Crash

A Ukrainian military plane crashed and burst into flames on Friday evening, killing at least 22 people on board, authorities said.The aircraft crashed while trying to land at Chuhuiv’s airport in the Kharkiv region, about 400 kilometers east of the capital, Kyiv.”There were 27 people on the aircraft,” said Oleksii Kucher, Kharkiv governor. “There were seven officers and 20 military students. We can say for sure now that 22 people died. Two people are in hospital. And there are three people missing.”One pilot reported failure in one of the plane’s two engines, Kucher said, adding that it should not have been a critical situation for an experienced pilot.The Antonov An-26 aircraft was conducting training exercises and most of those on board were air force cadets at the defense ministry’s Kharkiv University of Air Force.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office said a state commission is being established to identify the circumstances and causes of the incident.

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2 Stabbed in Paris Attack Termed Act of Islamist Terrorism

French authorities launched an anti-terrorism investigation Friday after an attacker stabbed two people in Paris near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.In an interview with France 2 television station, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the attack was “clearly an act of Islamist terrorism.””Manifestly, the method was one of an Islamist terrorist,” he said. “There is little doubt this is a new bloody attack against our country, against journalists, against our society, which you already mentioned in your report… a great amount of difficulties and emotions over the past few years and I would like the extend my support to them as well.”Darmanin said the chief suspect in Friday’s stabbings came to France, apparently from Pakistan, three years ago as an unaccompanied minor.France’s counterterrorism prosecutor, Jean-Francois Ricard, said the young man was arrested with another person not far from where the attack took place.Ricard said the attacker did not know the victims — a woman and a man from a documentary production company on a smoke break.The motivation for the attack and whether it had any connection to Charlie Hebdo is unclear.Islamist militants attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices in 2015, killing 12 people.A terrorism trial for 14 people accused of being accomplices in that attack is currently going on in Paris.Charlie Hebdo angered many Muslims by publishing cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad, and ahead of the trial it recently reprinted some of the same cartoons.Last week, police moved the magazine’s head of human resources from her home after she was the target of death threats around the start of the trial.

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Канада, ЄС, США та Британія висловили співчуття в зв’язку з авіакатастрофою на Харківщині

Канада, ЄС, США та Британія висловили співчуття в зв’язку з авіакатастрофою на Харківщині, в результаті якої, за попередніми даними, загинули 25 людей.

«Цього вечора надходять дуже сумні новини з України. Співчуваємо родичам та друзям загиблих унаслідок падіння військового літака та бажаємо якнайшвидшого одужання пораненим. Канадці думками з вами сьогодні», – написав прем’єр-міністр Канади Джастін Трюдо у твітері.

 

Високий представник ЄС із питань зовнішньої політики та політики безпеки Жозеп Борель висловив співчуття від імені Євросоюзу президенту Володимиру Зеленському, главі МЗС України Дмитру Кулебі та міністру оборони Андрію Тарану. «Думками з сім’ями та друзями загиблих», – написав Боррель.

 

«Ми щиро співчуваємо сім’ям та близьким курсантів, офіцерів та екіпажу, загиблим та пораненим внаслідок катастрофи літака Ан-26 під Харковом ввечері у п’ятницю. Наші думки з вами, і ми поруч з вами в цей час скорботи», – мовиться у повідомленні посольства США в Україні.

 

Посольство Великої Британії в Україні цитує посла Мелінду Сіммонс. «Шокована жахливою новиною про падіння військового літака поблизу Харкова. Мої думки зараз із сім’ями загиблих, пораненими та зниклими», – заявила вона.

 

Міністерство внутрішніх справ повідомляло, що літак Повітряних сил ЗСУ «Ан-26» впав біля Чугуєва Харківської області близько 20:50 25 вересня у двох кілометрах від військового аеродрому. У Збройних силах заявляли, що літак заходив на посадку. Спочатку рятувальники повідомляли, що на борту літака перебували 28 людей. Пізніше Командування Повітряних сил ЗСУ уточнило, що їх було 27 – курсанта Олександра Харченка в останній момент не допустили до польоту, тому його на борту не було.

У Генпрокуратурі заявили, що за попередніми даними в авіакатастрофі загинули 25 людей, ще двоє перебувають у важкому стані.

Секретар Ради національної безпеки та оборони Олексій Данілов повідомляв, що політ був навчально-тренувальним.

Голова Харківської обласної державної адміністрації Олексій Кучер зазначив, що за попередніми даними, пілот літака «Ан-26» повідомляв про відмову лівого двигуна перед авіакатастрофою.

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Минулої доби на Донбасі зафіксовано два випадки порушення режиму тиші – штаб

Упродовж минулої доби, 25 вересня, на Донбасі бойовики двічі порушили режим припинення вогню. Про це повідомили у штабі операції Об’єднаних сил.

Обидва випадки зафіксовано під Авдіївкою.

«На цій ділянці противник двічі впродовж доби відкривав вогонь у бік українських позицій з гранатометів різних систем, великокаліберного кулемета та стрілецької зброї», – мовиться у повідомленні.

У штабі наголосили, що внаслідок обстрілів втрат у лавах ЗСУ немає.

 

Із 00:01 27 липня на Донбасі набрала чинності чергова домовленість про «повне та всеосяжне припинення вогню». З того часу і до 6 вересня українські військові не повідомляли про поранених та вбитих внаслідок бойових дій. Тоді внаслідок обстрілів на Донбасі один військовий загинув, ще один був поранений.

Збройний конфлікт на Донбасі триває від 2014 року після російської окупації Криму. Україна і Захід звинувачують Росію у збройній підтримці бойовиків. Кремль відкидає ці звинувачення і заявляє, що на Донбасі можуть перебувати хіба що російські «добровольці».

За даними ООН, від квітня 2014-го до 31 липня 2020 року внаслідок збройного конфлікту на Донбасі загинули від 13 100 до 13 300 людей.

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Lufthansa Cuts Jobs, Plans to Expand COVID-19 Testing

German airline Lufthansa says it will have to make more staff cuts in addition to the previously announced reduction of 22,000 full-time positions — despite receiving a $10.5 billion (9 billion euro) government bailout in June. The airline said it would put some of its fleet into long-term storage and permanently decommission its seven remaining Airbus A340-600s. VOA correspondent Mariama Diallo has this story.

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Trump Extends Drilling Ban Off North Carolina

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday extended a ban until 2032 on offshore oil drilling off the coast of North Carolina, weeks after a similar extension affecting drilling in the waters off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.The Republican president ordered the extension in a memo to his interior secretary that did not exempt any of the Northeastern, Democratic-majority states that also have asked to be removed from the next five-year offshore oil and gas drilling leasing plan.The Trump administration, which has worked to expand U.S. oil and gas drilling and roll back Obama-era rules on pollution from fossil fuels, originally wanted to expand offshore drilling off many of America’s coasts, including Florida.But proposals for drilling off Florida prompted fierce opposition from tourism, real estate and environmental interests.  

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Justice Department Asks Judge to Allow US to Bar WeChat from US App Stores

The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge in San Francisco on Friday to allow the government to bar Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google from offering WeChat for download in U.S. app stores pending an appeal.The filing asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler to put on hold her preliminary injunction issued Saturday. That injunction blocked the U.S. Commerce Department order that was set to take effect late September 20 and that would also bar other U.S. transactions with Tencent Holding’s WeChat, potentially making the app unusable in the United States.Beeler responded late Friday by setting a hearing for October 15 on the motion but said she could potentially hold it on “a tighter time period.”The Justice Department filing said Beeler’s order was in error and “permits the continued, unfettered use of WeChat, a mobile application that the Executive Branch has determined constitutes a threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”Tencent had put forward a “mitigation proposal” that sought to create a new U.S. version of the app, deploy specific security measures to protect the new apps source code, partner with a U.S. cloud provider for user data storage, and manage the new app through a U.S.-based entity, the filing said.However, its proposal still allowed Tencent to retain ownership of WeChat and did not address U.S. concerns over the company, it added.Tencent declined to comment.Lawyers for U.S. WeChat Users Alliance, the group behind the legal challenge to the WeChat ban, questioned the urgency of the government’s request, noting the time it took for the government to seek a stay.”The government’s decision to sit tight for five days shows that there is no emergency,” they wrote.In support of its argument, the Justice Department made public portions of a September 17 Commerce Department memo outlining the WeChat transactions to be banned.”The WeChat mobile application collects and transmits sensitive personal information on U.S. persons, which is accessible to Tencent and stored in data centers in China and Canada,” the memo said. Beeler said WeChat users who filed a lawsuit “have shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim.”The Justice Department filing said, “The First Amendment does not bar regulation of WeChat simply because it has achieved the popularity and dependency sought by (China), precisely so it can surveil users, promote its propaganda, and otherwise place U.S. national security at risk.”WeChat has had an average of 19 million daily active users in the United States, analytics firms Apptopia said in early August. It is popular among Chinese students, Americans living in China and some Americans who have personal or business relationships in China.Beeler wrote “certainly the government’s over-arching national-security interest is significant. But on this record — while the government has established that China’s activities raise significant national security concerns — it has put in scant little evidence that its effective ban of WeChat for all U.S. users addresses those concerns.”WeChat is an all-in-one mobile app that combines services similar to Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Venmo. The app is an essential part of daily life for many in China and boasts more than 1 billion users.TikTok on Wednesday sought a similar preliminary injunction from a U.S. judge in Washington. A judge on Friday said he would hold a hearing Sunday morning about whether to halt the U.S. app store ban on new TikTok downloads set to take effect Sunday night.  

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About 3,500 US Companies Sue Over Trump-Imposed Chinese Tariffs

About 3,500 U.S. companies, including Tesla Inc., Ford Motor Co., Target Corp., Walgreen Co. and Home Depot, have sued the Trump administration in the last two weeks over the imposition of tariffs on more than $300 billion in Chinese-made goods. The lawsuits, filed in the U.S. Court of International Trade, named U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and the Customs and Border Protection agency and challenge what they call the unlawful escalation of the U.S. trade war with China through the imposition of a third and fourth round of tariffs. The legal challenges from a wide variety of companies argue the Trump administration failed to impose tariffs within a required 12-month period and did not comply with administrative procedures. FILE – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speaks during a news conference in Washington, Aug. 16, 2017.The companies challenge the administration’s “unbounded and unlimited trade war impacting billions of dollars in goods imported from the People’s Republic of China by importers in the United States,” according to a lawsuit filed by auto parts manufacturer Dana Corp. Lighthizer’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The suits challenge tariffs in two separate groups known as List 3 and List 4A. List 3 includes 25% tariffs on about $200 billion in imports, while List 4A includes 7.5% tariffs on $120 billion in goods. One suit argues the administration cannot expand tariffs to other Chinese imports “for reasons untethered to the unfair intellectual property policies and practices it originally investigated.” The Trump administration said tariffs on Chinese goods were justified because China was stealing intellectual property and forcing U.S. companies to transfer technology for access to China’s markets.  Companies filing suit included heavy truck manufacturer Volvo Group North America, U.S. auto parts retailer Pep Boys, clothing company Ralph Lauren, Sysco Corp., guitar manufacturer Gibson Brands, Lenovo’s U.S. unit, Dole Packaged Foods, a unit of Itochu Corp. and golf equipment manufacturer Callaway Golf Co. Home Depot’s suit noted it faces tariffs on bamboo flooring, cordless drills and many other Chinese-made products. Walgreen, a unit of the Walgreen Boots Alliance, said it is paying higher tariffs on products like “seasonal novelties; party, first aid, and office supplies; and household essentials.” On September 15, the World Trade Organization found the United States breached global trading rules by imposing multibillion-dollar tariffs in Trump’s trade war with China.

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UN Urges Belarus to Release Opposition Figure Kolesnikova

Independent human rights experts from the United Nations on Friday urged the Belarusian government to free leading opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova, saying she faces a five-year prison term after being charged with undermining national security.The musician and political activist was jailed recently amid ongoing mass protests against the country’s authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, who was re-elected August 9 in a vote that opponents allege was rigged. The rights experts said Kolesnikova was “snatched off the streets” of Minsk, the capital, September 7, threatened with death or deportation and secretly imprisoned.The statement noted that after three days with no information on her whereabouts, authorities announced that Kolesnikova was in pre-trial detention. It added that on the 16th, she was officially charged.“It is particularly troubling that the authorities have resorted to enforced disappearances in an effort to quash protests, stifle dissent and sow fear,” the U.N. experts said, adding, “We urge the authorities not to use national security concerns to deny individuals their fundamental rights, among others the rights to opinion, expression, or peaceful assembly and association.”The rights experts also said in their statement they wanted authorities to bring to justice those responsible for her disappearance. They noted she had campaigned for opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who fled with her children to Lithuania for safety.Kolesnikova was a key member of a council set up by the opposition to push for new elections. Separately, another activist, Olga Kovalkova, said that authorities forced her out of the country and that she was dropped off at the Polish border.Lukashenko said he won the August 9 election in a landslide. He claimed the beginning of his sixth term Wednesday, following an inauguration ceremony held in secret. The president, who has ruled Belarus for 26 years, said the protesters were being backed by foreign powers.
 

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Голова Харківської ОДА: за попередніми даними, пілот повідомляв про відмову лівого двигуна

За попередніми даними, пілот літака «Ан-26» повідомляв про відмову лівого двигуна перед авіакатастрофою на Харківщині, повідомив голова Харківської обласної державної адміністрації Олексій Кучер на брифінгу.

«Було повідомлення від пілота про те, що відмовив лівий мотор… Але в навчаннях спеціально відключають один з моторів, щоб орієнтуватися… Для досвідченого льотчика це не критична ситуація. Що сталося потім – також незрозуміло, буде встановлювати слідство», – заявив Кучер.

Він додав, що на борту були курсанти третього та четвертого курсу. За його словами, ті, хто вижив, вистрибнули з літака.

Міністерство внутрішніх справ повідомляло, що літак Повітряних сил ЗСУ «Ан-26» впав біля Чугуєва Харківської області близько 20:50 25 вересня у двох кілометрах від військового аеродрому. У Збройних силах заявляли, що літак заходив на посадку.

Секретар Ради національної безпеки та оборони Олексій Данілов розповів, що політ був навчально-тренувальним.

За даними рятувальників, на борту перебували сім офіцерів та 21 курсант Харківського університету Повітряних сил ЗС України. Водночас у поліції кажуть, що на борту було 23 людини.

У ДСНС стверджують, що внаслідок авіакатастрофи 22 людини загинули, двоє отримали травми, пошуки ще чотирьох осіб тривають.

Рятувальники повідомляли, що ліквідували пожежу приблизно за годину.

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