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Ukraine: a helicopter crashes near a school in the Kiev region, 18 dead including the Minister of the Interior

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Sylvie Claire / January 20, 2023

A helicopter crashed Wednesday morning near a school in the Kiev region, killing 18 people including the interior minister and three children, a new tragedy in Ukraine a few days after a deadly Russian strike in Dnipro.
 
Tragedy in Brovary. The number of victims has increased. At 10:30 a.m., 18 dead, including 3 children,” said the governor of the region, Oleksiy Kulba, on Telegram. He said that “there are also 29 injured, including 15 children,” raising fears of an even heavier toll.
 
On images circulating on social networks, one could see the remains of the helicopter mixed with debris, close to a car destroyed under the weight of metal. Firemen and police officers were on the scene, according to an AFP team.
 
Among the victims were Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, 42, his first deputy Yevgeny Yenin, and the ministry’s state secretary Yuriy Lubkovich, who were on board the aircraft along with six other people, the head of the Ukrainian national police said in a statement. “My colleagues, my friends. What a tragic loss. Sincere condolences to their families,” Anton Gerachtchenko, an adviser to Monastyrsky, reacted on Twitter.
 
The purpose of this flight (was to go) to one of the hot spots in our country where the fighting is going on. The Minister of the Interior was going there,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the presidential office, told Ukrainian television.
 
This former lawyer by profession was in office since July 2021. He had become a deputy in the Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, in 2019 under the label “Servant of the People”, the presidential party.
 
The crash took place in Brovary, a city of some 100,000 inhabitants that touches the eastern suburbs of Kiev. Heavy fighting had taken place there between Ukrainians and Russians as Moscow’s troops tried to break the lock on the capital in the first weeks of their invasion.
 
At the time of the tragedy, “children and employees” of the kindergarten located near the crash site were at the scene, Kouleba said. According to images published on social networks, a huge fire broke out after the helicopter fell, a residential building was also nearby. No information on the cause of the tragedy was immediately disclosed.
 
Earlier, Oleksiï Kouleba had said that “the circumstances” of this accident were “under development”. The aircraft that crashed belonged to the State Emergency Service, which depends on the Ministry of the Interior, according to a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force. One of the last major accidents of this type in recent years in Ukraine dates back to September 2020 when 26 people died in the crash of an Antonov-26 near Kharkiv (northeast).
 
This new tragedy comes in the middle of the war with Russia, four days after a deadly strike in Dnipro, in eastern Ukraine. A Russian missile devastated a residential building on Saturday, killing at least 45 people including six children, one of the deadliest bombings since the beginning of the Russian invasion in February 2022.
 
The youngest victim “was 11 months old”, lamented Tuesday evening the deputy head of the Cabinet of the Ukrainian presidency, Kyrylo Timoshenko, after more than three days of research. Under the rubble, the rescue workers had extracted injured people, but also lifeless bodies, trapped under huge sections of concrete.
 
This new strike on a civilian target has caused great emotion among the Ukrainian population, while the country has been fighting against the Russian invasion for nearly 11 months, often in very difficult conditions.
Emotionally, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to bring to justice “each person guilty of this war crime”, pointing directly to the Russian army as responsible for this carnage. Moscow, for its part, has firmly denied any involvement in this bloody strike, as in previous episodes.
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Moscow attack: Vladimir Putin promises those responsible will all be “punished”, EI says four of its fighters carried out the attack

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Eva Deschamps / March 23,

 

At least 133 people were killed on Friday evening in an armed attack followed by a huge fire at a concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow, which was claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State (EI).
 
The four perpetrators” of the attack were arrested “on their way to Ukraine”, said the Russian president on Saturday March 23.
 
The Russian president spoke at a time of terrible tragedy in Russia. “The four perpetrators” of the attack near Moscow were arrested “on their way to Ukraine”, he said in a televised speech broadcast the day after the murderous attack. “According to initial data [from investigators], on the Ukrainian side, a passage had been prepared for them to cross the border”, he continued, notes Le Monde.
 
The attack, which killed at least 133 people near Moscow, was in the eyes of the Kremlin leader a “bloody and barbaric act of terrorism”. “Peaceful, innocent people […] including children, teenagers and women” were killed, he continued, adding, “I express my deepest and most sincere condolences to those who have lost their loved ones.” A national day of mourning will be observed on March 24.
 
“War”. In his speech, Vladimir Putin assured that “those behind these terrorists will be punished” and that they “will have no future”. On Saturday, the Kremlin announced that eleven people had been arrested, including the four suspects who carried out the attack.

 
As a reminder, the Islamic State (EI) claimed responsibility for the attack. Its Afghan branch, the Islamic State in Khorassan, known as “EI-K”, is suspected of being behind the attack. According to EI, the attack is part of a “raging war” between the organization and countries fighting Islam, its Amaq news agency said in a statement.
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Princess Kate announces cancer diagnosis

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Sylvie Claire / March 23,

 

After weeks of silence from the British royal family, cancer-stricken Princess Kate has announced that she has begun chemotherapy.

 
Princess Kate has been diagnosed with cancer, Kensington Palace announced on Friday evening. The wife of the heir to the British throne has begun chemotherapy. “I’m fine,” assured the 42-year-old princess after her cancer diagnosis was announced. In a video, the princess explained, “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you personally for all the wonderful messages of support and for your understanding. While I was recovering from surgery, it was an incredibly difficult two months for the whole family. But I had the benefit of a fantastic medical team who took great care of me, for which I am very grateful. In January, I underwent a major domino operation in London and, at the time, my condition was not thought to be cancerous“.
 
She continues: “The operation was successful, but tests carried out after the operation revealed the presence of cancer. My medical team therefore advised me to undergo preventive chemotherapy, and I am now in the early stages of this treatment. William and I have done everything in our power to manage this situation privately, in the best interests of our young family“.
 

Princess Kate explains that it has taken them some time to explain the situation to their children George, Charlotte and Louis. She concludes her message: “But for now, I need to focus on my full recovery. I am also thinking of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer. For anyone facing this disease in any form, don’t lose faith or hide. You are not alone.

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She underwent major abdominal surgery on January 16 at the London Clinic, where she was hospitalized for ten days. For weeks, rumors had been circulating about the princess’s state of health.
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Dragon Ball: a theme park inspired by Toriyama’s universe is coming soon!

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Steph Deschamps / March 23,

 

The world’s first theme park inspired by the world of the famous Japanese manga and anime series Dragon Ball is to be built in a future leisure city in Saudi Arabia, the developer of this colossal project announced on Friday.
 
The planned opening date of this 500,000 m2 theme park was not specified, nor was its cost, as is usually the case for the Saudi kingdom’s tourism megaprojects.
 
Located in Qiddiya, near the capital Riyadh, the park will feature seven different zones from the Dragon Ball universe, around 30 attractions as well as hotels and restaurants, according to a press release from Qiddiya Investment Company, also issued by Japanese studio Toei Animation, producer of the franchise’s cartoons.
 
The death of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama on March 1 at the age of 68 provoked a worldwide wave of emotion, reflecting the immense popularity of his work.

 
First published in 1984, Dragon Ball is one of the best-selling mangas of all time, and has spawned countless animated series, films and video games. It recounts the adventures of Son Goku, a young martial arts prodigy in search of seven crystal balls to help him and his allies protect the Earth from evil enemies.
 
The new town of Qiddiya is one of the pharaonic projects in Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030” program, designed to develop the country’s tourism industry and reduce its economy’s heavy dependence on hydrocarbons.
 
Qiddiya will eventually house several theme parks, sports facilities and cultural venues. Construction of the city began in 2019, but its completion date is not known.
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