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President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, tweeted a somber reminder Saturday about police brutality in America after horrific footage of the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols emerged.

“The vicious, unjustified beating of Tyre Nichols and his ultimate death at the hands of five Memphis police officers is just the latest, painful reminder of how far America still has to go in fixing how we police our streets,” the couple tweeted.

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Barack and Michelle Obama issued a joint statement on the killing of Tyre Nichols.

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Tyre Nichols was fatally beaten by five Memphis police officers.


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Five police officers involved with the beating — Tadarrius Bean, 24, Demetrius Haley, 30, Emmitt Martin III, 30, Desmond Mills, Jr., 32, and Justin Smith, 28 — were charged with Nichols’ murder and surrendered to law enforcement Thursday.

They are charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, and official oppression, in addition to second-degree murder.





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The University of Memphis announced Saturday that its campuses will remain closed indefinitely in wake of chilling video being released showing the beating death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of five Memphis cops.

“As our community continues to try to cope with the events surrounding the death of Tyre Nichols, we share the heartbreak being felt throughout our city, the university said in a statement.

“Our Memphis campuses will remain closed on Saturday, Jan. 28, and continue to remain closed until further notice.

“Students, faculty and staff can access the campus facilities with their regular access credentials. Essential facilities will be available to students, faculty and staff.”

The college has more than 21,000 students enrolled.

The university also said will continue to monitor for potential “safety concerns that may arise as the safety of our campus community remains our top priority.”

Disturbing body-cam footage released by the city of Memphis Friday sparked protests across the nation. It shows Nichols being beaten, pepper sprayed, and tasered by the cops during a traffic stop on Jan. 7. The 29-year-old, a FedEx worker and father of a four-year-old boy, died three days later in the hospital. 

The five officers were fired and arrested, each charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, and official oppression, in addition to second-degree murder.

The Memphis Police Department identified them as Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills, Jr., and Justin Smith. They range in age from 24 to 32 and each served in the department for about 2 1/2 to five years.


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Five officers involved in the arrest of Nichols’ have been charged with murder.
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Nichols’ was pulled over on January 7 and fatally beaten by Memphis police officers.
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Protests erupted across the country following the release of the chilling bodycam footage the night of the arrest.
Protests erupted across the country following the release of the chilling bodycam footage the night of the arrest.
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The officers were sprung from the Shelby County Jail Friday after posting between $250,000 and $350,000 bail.



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A video of Tyre Nichols “living his best life” has gone viral — as mourners attempt to drown out the “heinous” footage of the father-of-one’s fatal beating at the hands of Memphis police.

The nearly two-minute-long clip shows Nichols, 29, happily skateboarding.

“By posting this video of #TyreNichols practicing his craft I wanted to extend to him in death the #DIGNITY4BlackBodies that he deserved in life,” Mai Perkins tweeted Friday morning.

“I knew once the body cam was released, chances of wiping those images from our psyche would be impossible.

“I want to amplify THIS video of Tyre LIVING his best life.”

The clip had been viewed over 6.6 million times as of Saturday evening.

In it, Nichols can be seen trying out different tricks like the ollie and a grind and slide.

Despite failing on some attempts, Nichols hopped back on his board and tried again, the video shows.

In an interview with Al Sharpton on MSNBC Saturday, Nichols’ mom, RowVaughn Wells, said her son “loved to skateboard” and “loved to watch the sunsets.”

Camara Williams, a podcaster, attorney, and community organizer, said that she shared the video because she wanted “to display Tyre living in joy and peace.”

“I saw that and I was like, ‘wow, this is something that we’ve all had,’” Williams told Insider.

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Mourners shared a video of Tyre Nichols skateboarding ahead of the body camera footage release.

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Nichols was known for his love of skateboarding.


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Family said he picked up the hobby during his time living in Sacramento, Calif., where he lived before moving to Memphis.

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Some of his friends wore “Skate in Peace” t-shirts to a recent memorial for him.


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“We’ve had moments where we enjoyed the sunset, or where we were doing something that made us happy, whether it’s cutting some wood or gardening or doing something that may be unremarkable in the greater scheme of life, but it was remarkable in that it gave us peace. I felt like that is that was such a beautiful thing to capture and share.”

Nichols was known for his passion for skateboarding. Family said he picked up the hobby during his time living in Sacramento, Calif., where he lived before moving to Memphis.

Some of his friends wore “Skate in Peace’’ t-shirts to a recent memorial for him.

Shortly before his death, Nichols’ dad, Rodney Wells, told his son that he should “put the skateboard down” so he could focus on his job — but Nichols wasn’t willing to part with the board.


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Nichols died just three days after the officers assaulted him.
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On Friday, Memphis police released body camera footage of the brutal assault that left Nichols mortally wounded.

The roughly hour-long footage shows five officers punching, kicking, pepper spraying, tasering and verbally assaulting Nichols during a routine traffic stop.

The FedEx worker repeatedly claimed he “didn’t do anything” as the officers yelled at him and pushed him onto the group. Nichols escaped but was recaptured just 100 yards from his family home.

“Mom!” he repeatedly screamed during the assault.


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The five officers who assaulted him have been charged with his murder.
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He died as a result of severe injuries in hospital three days later.

The five police cops — Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith — were charged with Nichols’ murder, as well as aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, and official oppression in addition to second-degree murder.

They were fired from the department last week after an internal investigation found that they used excessive force and failed their duties to intervene and render aid.

The sickening footage release of Nichols’ assault sparked nationwide protests Friday that were largely peaceful, though three people were arrested at protests in New York City, including one man who stomped a police car’s windshield in.





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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is actively preparing for a possible presidential run, according to a report.

Advisers to the 44-year-old Republican have already identified multiple potential hires for a 2024 bid in integral early primary states like New Hampshire and Iowa, a source with knowledge of the plans told The Washington Post.

The GOP source said that Phil Cox and Generra Peck, who were both key members of DeSantis’ 2022 gubernatorial reelection campaign, are actively involved in ongoing talks about 2024.

Cox, a former executive for the Republican Governors Association who has worked on hundreds of political campaigns, and Peck, DeSantis’ 2022 campaign manager, are expected by many to play key roles if the popular Sunshine State governor decides to throw his hat in the race, insiders told the publication.


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Some polls show DeSantis leading Trump as the potential Republican nominee.
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DeSantis has been hesitant to confirm whether or not he plans to run for president, although many consider him the most viable GOP alternative to the 76-year-old Trump for the party’s presidential nomination.

A recent “Granite State Poll” conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center showed Trump trailing DeSantis by 12 points among New Hampshire Republicans — even though the former president remains the GOP’s only announced presidential candidate.

Meanwhile, Trump kicked off his campaign with stops Saturday in New Hampshire and South Carolina. 

“I’m more angry now and I’m more committed now than I ever was, Trump told the audience in New Hampshire.


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The latest Emerson poll shows Trump easily defeating the Florida governor in New Hampshire.
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“Together we will complete the unfinished business of making America great again.” 

Bill Bowen, a New Hampshire GOP delegate, told the Washington Post that DeSantis has significant support in his state.

“I’m convinced there’s a good network of establishment party people in New Hampshire that will quickly have a very effective DeSantis campaign,” Bowen said.

DeSantis was re-elected in Florida by an impressive 19-point margin — sparking speculation that he could be the young, fresh breath of air that the party needs after losing the White House in 2020.

However, an Emerson poll released this week showed Trump maintains a 26-point lead (55% to 29%) over DeSantis.



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King Charles has reportedly asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to broker a deal between his two warring sons so Prince Harry can attend his Coronation.

The British monarch asked Justin Welby — who will officiate the Coronation — to help mediate tensions between Prince William, 40, and Prince Harry, 38, ahead of the celebration in May, senior sources close to Lambeth Palace told the Daily Mail.

Insiders have said Prince William wants his younger brother and his wife Meghan Markle far from Westminster Abbey following the release of Prince Harry’s bombshell tell-all memoir, “Spare.”

The heir to the throne reportedly fears the drama-embroiled couple will overshadow King Charles’ monumental moment.

King Charles, however, believes the couple’s absence will only cause more drama than their attendance, insiders said — despite previously claiming he had “no appetite” to engage with Harry.

In exchange for their presence, the monarch, 74, is reportedly willing to offer them a high-profile seating position in the Abbey or an informal assurance that he will be able to keep his titles, sources told the Mail.


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King Charles reportedly wants Prince Harry to attend the Coronation because he believes their absence would be distracting.
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“The family is split, and all the indications are that Harry is being advised to agree to nothing at this stage and ‘play it long’ right up to the last minute, which is making negotiations with him very difficult,” the anonymous insider told the outlet.

“Harry’s camp made clear that the idea that he would just attend the Coronation and behave himself but then be stripped of his titles was a total non-starter,” the source continued.

“While he might decide at some point to discard his titles of his own volition, he objects to the idea of being forcibly stripped of them.”

Harry also “resents being lumped together with Andrew” as the two “problem princes,” the insider dished.


The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby walks in Westminster on Sept. 14, 2022.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate the Coronation in May.
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The Palace declined to comment, but a source close to Prince William said they were not aware of any such negotiations.

Harry and Markle have not said whether they would attend the Coronation, but if they do they would only attend in a guest capacity.

Sources said last month that King Charles had completely written the Duke of Sussex out of the ceremony.

Prince William reportedly has no desire to reconcile with his brother after the rogue royal sensationally claimed in his memoir that the future king grabbed him by the collar and tossed him to the ground during an argument about Markle.

Still, despite releasing the book and a documentary dishing on the traditionally tight-lipped royal family, Prince Harry has said he wants to smooth things over with his brother and father.

“They’ve shown absolutely no willingness to reconcile,” according to the Duke of Sussex.



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The damning snapshot that linked Britain’s Prince Andrew with a teenaged Virginia Roberts Giuffre is genuine, a new report claims based on evidence saved by an Australian newspaper photographer.

Cameraman Michael Thomas saw the original picture in 2011 while investigating Giuffre’s claim that Ghislaine Maxwell and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein had trafficked her to powerful men, the Daily Mail reported Saturday.

In a prison interview last week, convicted sex-trafficker Maxwell called the photo “a fake” and said she had “no memory of them meeting.”

The now-infamous photo shows a grinning Prince Andrew with his arm wrapped around 17-year-old Giuffre’s waist with — a smiling Maxwell in the background.

“It was a normal 6×4 inch print that you would have got from any developer at the time,” Thomas said. “It looked like it was 10 years old. It wasn’t crisp because it had been developed in 2001.”

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Cameraman Michael Thomas saw the original picture in 2011 while investigating Giuffre’s sex trafficking claim.

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Maxwell said the photo with Prince Andrew was a fake.


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Giuffre claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein trafficked her to powerful men.


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The photographer snapped more than 30 shots of the picture — then, crucially, flipped it over and captured three images of its reverse with his digital camera.

The flip side bore a date stamp showing it was developed at a Walgreens One Hour Photo outlet on March 13, 2001 — three days after the date when Giuffre was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, she has testified.

“For Ghislaine Maxwell to come out and say it was fake is ridiculous,” Thomas said.

Maxwell declared Monday that she didn’t “think that picture is real. It is a fake. I don’t believe it is real for a second, in fact, I am sure it is not.”

King Charles has reportedly evicted his disgraced brother from Buckingham Palace over his scandalous behavior, one year after their mother, the late Queen Elizabeth, stripped him of his royal and military honors.



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A Rhode Island school encouraged teachers to donate money to help pay off a cartel “coyote” who brought one of its students to the US, according to leaked emails.

Emails shared to Twitter on Friday showed Mount Pleasant High School Assistant Principal Stefani Harvey asking her colleagues to give money to help an unnamed student pay off a $5,000 debt to the cartel member.

The assistant principal said that the boy was $2,000 short of his goal at the time the email was sent.

“We have a student who came to America with ‘Coyote’ which is a group that helps people,” Harvey wrote in the email. “This group gives you a time frame to make a payment of $5000 dollars to those, who bring them to the states.”

Harvey said the student needed to raise the money by Feb. 1.

She appeared to be unaware that “coyote” is slang used to refer to smugglers who bring migrants across the border from Mexico for cash.


Mount Pleasant High School Assistant Principal Stefani Harvey asked her colleagues for donations to help pay the coyote.
Mount Pleasant High School Assistant Principal Stefani Harvey asked her colleagues for donations to help pay “the coyote.”
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In another email shared to social media, Mount Pleasant High School Principal Tiffany Delaney said the money collected would be returned because the request was “not appropriate.”

“I was informed there was an email seeking financial support for one of our students,” Delaney wrote. “I appreciate the faculty and staff contributing to a cause that supports a student, but the nature of the request is not appropriate.”

Providence Public School District Spokesman Nick Domings told Fox News that the emails posted to social media were authentic and a probe into the incident is underway.


Harvey said that the student was about $2,000 short of his goal at the time of the email.
Harvey said that the student was about $2,000 short of his goal at the time of the email.
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“I can confirm that the email in question was sent to staff at Mount Pleasant High School,” Domings said in a statement. “The school’s principal immediately took steps to have a retraction issued when she learned of the email. The Providence Public School District is now investigating.”

Domings added that the school district would not be commenting further on the “ongoing personnel matters to ensure the proper processes can take place”



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Tennessee Democratic lawmakers announced plans to introduce bills in the upcoming legislative session that focus on statewide police reforms after a group of officers savagely beat Tyre Nichols earlier this month

Nichols died in the hospital on Jan. 10, three days after Memphis police pulled him over and began pummeling, tasering and pepper-spraying him, according to video of the attack that was released Friday.

At a press conference Saturday morning, Tennessee state Reps. Joe Towns, G.A. Hardaway and John Ray Clemmons announced that the House Democratic Caucus plans to file bills in the coming days to address police training and mental health evaluations for officers, the Commercial Appeal reported.    

“We want to make sure when you’re hired that you’ve had a psychological evaluation and that you are suited for this job and the job is suited to you,” Hardaway said. 

Other legislation would have law enforcement officers switch from de-escalating to non-escalating techniques and require implicit bias training for police officials in Tennessee.

RowVaughn Wells, mother of Tyre Nichols
On a call Friday with President Biden, Nichols’ parents pressed him to renew efforts for police reforms. 

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Tennessee state Reps. Joe Towns, G.A. Hardaway and John Ray Clemmons announced that the House Democratic Caucus plans to file bills in the coming days.


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A group of five police officers savagely beat Tyre Nichols earlier this month. 

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Nichols died in the hospital on Jan. 10, three days after Memphis police pulled him over and began pummeling, tasering and pepper-spraying him.


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“It’s truly unfortunate that we would need to legislate humanity in 2023,” Clemmons said.

Democrats hold a mere 24 out of 99 seats in the state house, but Towns said that given the severity of Nichols’ death, he believes bipartisan support is possible. 


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“You would be hard-pressed to look at this footage, see what happened to this young man and not try to do something,” he said.


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All five officers were fired by the Memphis Police Department.
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Five police officers who were involved in Nichols’ arrest — Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith — were fired by the Memphis Police Department and charged with his murder

On a call Friday with President Biden, Nichols’ parents and their lawyer, Benjamin Crump, pressed the commander-in-chief to renew efforts for police reforms



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Tyre Nichols’ stepfather called for peace as protests erupted across the nation Friday over the fatal police beating of the father-of-one.

“Violence will not bring our son back,” Rodney Wells told Al Sharpton on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation on Saturday.

“And the people that are out there being violent, they’re doing it on their own.”

Memphis cops released sickening video of the “unconscionable” deadly beating Friday evening, sparking angry demonstrations in cities across the country — including in Memphis, New York and Los Angeles.

In Memphis Friday night, demonstrations were largely peaceful honoring the requests of Nichols’ family — although some protesters questioned why the family didn’t want to fight back with force.

“I don’t agree with the family. They call for peaceful protests…but when do we start fighting? When do we take action?” Danny Gatewood, 47, told The Post.


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Tyrre Nichols, 29, was a FedEx employee and father of one.
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Nichols’ stepfather Rodney Wells told Rev. Al Sharpton: “Violence will not bring our son back.”
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“I pray for the family. But I believe if that happened to my son I wouldn’t be calling for peace,” the local business owner and father of two added.

“The scripture calls for an eye for an eye.”

In New York City, protests did turn violent.

Shocking video shows a man stomping on the hood of a cop car, shattering the windshield in Times Square. An NYPD officer was also punched in the nose during the heated fracas.

Three people were arrested in the tourist hotspot.

In the days leading up to the release of the video on Friday, officials signaled the footage would likely spark an uprising of anger reminiscent of the 2020 murder of George Floyd.

Memphis’ top cop, Cerelyn Davis, even compared her officers’ “heinous” actions to the notorious beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles cops in 1991.

On Saturday night, cities braced for another night of potentially violent protests.

The bombshell body cam footage released Friday night shows Nichols – a 29-year-old father with no police record — kicked, punched and pepper sprayed after police pulled him over for alleged reckless driving on Jan. 7.


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Five Memphis police officers have been charged with murdering Nichols.
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Disturbing footage of police beating Nichols sparked nationwide protests.
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Three days after the beating, Nichols died as a result of the brutal injuries in the hospital.

Five cops involved — identified as Tadarrius Bean, 24, Demetrius Haley, 30, Emmitt Martin III, 30, Desmond Mills, Jr., 32, and Justin Smith, 28 — were charged with Nichols’ murder and surrendered to law enforcement on Thursday. 

They are charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, and official oppression in addition to second-degree murder.

Rodney Wells told MSNBC that he originally wanted the officers charged with first-degree murder but has since supported the second-degree charge.

“What we don’t want to happen is to go to trial and they get off on a technicality. They seem to have an ironclad case so we want to go forward with it,” he told Sharpton.



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North Korean accused the U.S. of ramping up a “proxy war” to destroy Russia by providing Ukraine with an arsenal of tanks to combat Moscow’s forces.

Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sibling of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said Washington crossed a “red line” by agreeing to ship the tanks off to Ukraine. In her first public statement in months, she also expressed the Hermit Kingdom’s strong support of Russia.

“I express serious concern over the U.S. escalating the war situation by providing Ukraine with military hardware for ground offensive,” said Kim Yo Jung, who’s official title is vice-department director of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea.

“The U.S. is the arch criminal which poses serious threat and challenge to the strategic security of Russia and pushes the regional situation to the present grave phase,” she added.

Kim’s statement came after the U.S. said it would send 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, following months of indecision on the issue.

That announcement followed Germany’s decision to send 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks to Ukraine.

Kyiv’s ambassador to France, Vadym Omelchenko, said that the total number of foreign tanks headed to the country stood at 321, in an interview Friday with French TV station BFM television.


Western countries have sent more than 320 tanks to Ukraine to help combat Russian forces.
Western countries have sent more than 320 tanks to Ukraine to help combat Russian forces.
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Kim predicted that all tanks and military aid sent to Ukraine would be destroyed.

“I do not doubt that any military hardware the US and the West boast of will be burnt into pieces in the face of the indomitable fighting spirit and might of the heroic Russian army and people,” Kim said.

North Korea is the only country other than Russia and Syria to recognize the independence of Russian-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk.


US President Joe Biden announced the transfer of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine this week.
President Biden announced the transfer of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine this week.
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On Friday, Kim suggested plans to send workers to the regions to help with recovery efforts.

The U.S. has accused North Korea of sending ammunition and artillery to Russia in the past, but North Korea has denied that claim.

Meanwhile, North Korea has continued speeding up its weapons development, test-launching over 70 missiles last year alone, Al Jazeera reported.



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