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US Air Force finds human remains in landing gear of Kabul plane

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The US military found human remains on the landing gear of a military plane hijacked by panicky Afghans at Kabul airport on Monday, the US Air Force, which is investigating the incident, said.

“In addition to online videos and press reports of people falling from the plane during departure, human remains were found on the C-17’s chassis when it landed at Al Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar,” he said. press secretary Anne Stefanek.

“The investigation will be thorough so that we can get all the facts about this tragic incident,” he added in a statement.

The U.S. Air Force will take a look at all of the circulating videos on social media of a C-17 transport aircraft being chased by hundreds of people, some of whom were desperate to hold onto their sides or wheels. Another video showed the same plane flying over Kabul and two people fell out of it.

A spokesman for the US Air Force did not give the total death toll and did not confirm reports that the man was crushed by the wheels of the plane before takeoff.

The C-17 delivered equipment to Kabul for US military reinforcements sent to Afghanistan to support the evacuation of civilians.

On Sunday, the Taliban captured Kabul, ending an offensive that began in May when US and NATO forces began withdrawing.

International forces have been in the country since 2001 as part of a United States-led offensive against the extremist regime (1996-2001) that welcomed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, mainly responsible for the September 11 attacks, 2001.

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The takeover of the capital ended a 20-year foreign military presence in Afghanistan by the United States and its NATO allies, including Portugal.

Faced with the brutality and radical interpretation of Islam inherent in the previous regime, the Taliban assured Afghans that “life, property and honor” would be respected and that women could study and work.

However, chaos erupted at Kabul airport on Monday as many people tried to flee the country.

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EU close to compromise on lifting partial blockade of Kaliningrad – columnist

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Freight traffic through Lithuania to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad could resume within a few days. The information was disclosed to Reuters two sources familiar with the case say European authorities are seeking an understanding with Lithuania to resolve the dispute with Russia.

Since June 17, Lithuanian authorities have partially blocked the delivery of goods to the enclave, which mainly uses Lithuanian rail and road networks to transport goods.

The measure, justified by the fourth package of EU sanctions against Russia, affected the industrial sector, including the transportation of coal, metals and building materials, and became hotbed of tension with the Kremlin.

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Russian leadership accuses Lithuania of “unprecedented” measures what kind constitute a “violation of international law”. The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, guarantees that it does not apply any individual sanctions against Moscow, explaining this by the fact that it only implements the measures prescribed by Brussels.

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According to Reuters sources, who wished to remain anonymous, negotiations are underway to free the territory from sanctions. One of them says that despite the West’s willingness to continue to support Ukraine, it is proving difficult to maintain restrictive sanctions.

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Kyiv is negotiating with Moscow on the release of foreign fighters – News

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Moscow is holding captive “thousands” of Ukrainians and “military personnel from all over the world who have volunteered” to defend Ukraine, Zelensky reminded in statements to the US television channel NBC.

The head of the Ukrainian state thanked for the support of volunteer fighters, whom he considers “heroes”, and confirmed that negotiations are underway to release those who were captured.

“Everyone understands that the war in Ukraine today is here on this earth, but tomorrow it can happen anywhere in Europe, and the “day after tomorrow” can happen in the United States,” the Ukrainian president said.

Thus, he added, “it would be absolutely fair to say that the war in Ukraine is already a war in Europe and the United States, only – territorially – it is happening here.”

Zelenskiy’s announcement came on the same day that the defense of British citizen Sean Pinner, who was sentenced to death in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, announced that he had appealed the sentence.

Pinner, 48, was sentenced to death on June 9, along with fellow Briton Aiden Aislin, 28, and Moroccan citizen Braquim Saadoun, after being found guilty of participating in hostilities “as mercenaries” in support of Ukrainian forces.

Two Britons were captured by Russian forces during Moscow’s siege of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov, Brakim Saadoun was taken prisoner in March.

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Turkey lifts veto on Swedish and Finnish membership in NATO

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Turkey lifted its veto on Finland and Sweden joining NATO on Tuesday.

The leaders of the three countries met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that Turkey has lifted its veto on Finland and Sweden joining the Atlantic Alliance after signing a memorandum that “answers Ankara’s concerns.”

“We have completed a very constructive meeting with the President [da Turquia, Recep Tayyip] Erdogan or President [da Finlândia, Sauli] Niinistö and the Prime Minister [da Suécia, Magdalena] Andersson, and I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that paves the way for Sweden and Finland to join NATO,” Stoltenberg said.

The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) spoke at a press conference at the Exhibition Park of Madrid, in the northeast of the Spanish capital, where the summit of the leaders of the North Atlantic Alliance is taking place.

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Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO on May 18 after the Russian invasion of Ukraine ended the historic policy of neutrality.

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