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Ukraine Blames Putin For MH17 Crash

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The Ukrainian Government has condemned Russian leader Vladamir Putin by releasing a graphic image of an infant victim lying in a field, telling him he has the child’s blood on his hands.

The infant was among 80 children and three infants who died aboard MH17 when it was shot down by Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Senior government advisor Anton Gerashchenko released the image with the message: “This baby’s death is on your conscience. Damn you for centuries!”

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have mounted a major military assault against separatist strongholds about Donetsk and Luhansk as they claim the rebels are attempting to bring in equipment to remove the nearby fuselage remains of flight MH17.

The claim comes as local police in Donetsk said rebels shot dead a man who was trying to loot from the remains of the cockpit of the aircraft and European security observers were given an armed escort about a large swathe of the 25km square crash site.

Mortar and gun fire can be heard on the outskirts of the regional capital Donetsk with Ukrainian air force fighters also seen in the skies. Hours earlier the rebels were fighting back against Ukrainian forces in Luhansk with residents reporting mortar explosions “every minute”. The Ukrainian government declared the offensive by their forces as an “anti-terrorist” operation.

The Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko followed up by today urging the United Nations to proscribe the rebels in both regional capitals as “terrorists”.

During a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the leader urged the UN to condemn the “terrorists’ and to recognise their declarations of the DNR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and “LNR” (Luhansk People’s Republic) as terrorist organisations.

The Ukrainian Security Council also claimed 15 pieces of military equipment had come into the eastern region of Luhansk that officials say were to remove large sections of debris from the Malaysian Boeing.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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Donald Trump and Melania

Donald Trump and wife, Melania Trump

President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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