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Man Goes To Mountaintop To Spread Brother’s Ashes, Is Struck By Lightening And Killed

The 41-year-old Italian was bidding farewell to his brother, who’d been killed by a truck in Mexico.

The Giulie Alps mountain range where the tragedy occurred (chripell)
The Giulie Alps mountain range where the tragedy occurred (chripell)

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UDINE– Federico Dean had made the decision soon after he got the terrible news in June. The remains of brother, Matteo, who had been killed by a truck in Toluca, Mexico, where he lived, should be spread into the wind from his favorite spot in his native land: the peak of Jof di Montasio in the Giulie Alps mountains of northeastern Italy.

So on Tuesday afternoon, despite the bad weather, Dean and a friend climbed the 2,754 meters to the mountain peak with Matteo's remainst, ANSA news agency reports. But just after spreading the ashes and placing a small placard on a rock, the mourning brother was struck by lightening. The blow knocked Dean into a ravine.

The friend tried to administer first aid, and called authorities, who could not immediately reach the area by helicopter because of the weather. Dean, 41, an airplane pilot and father of one, was later pronounced dead from injuries to the skull.

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The Ukrainian army is pushing the front line forward in several directions, including the liberation of two more cities – Arkhangelske and Myrolyubivka – in the southern region of Kherson. There were also reports Monday of major breakthroughs by Kyiv forces along the Dnipro River in the south.

Ukraine has also made progress in the past 48 hours in the region of Luhansk. Notably, these are two of the four regions that Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had annexed on Friday.

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With these advances by Ukrainian forces, along with gains in Donetsk (see below) and Zaporizhzhia, Russia does not hold the full territory of any of the areas of occupied Ukraine that Moscow now claims as its own.

Fighting has also intensified in the northeastern Kharkiv region, where Ukraine has also made significant advances and Russia continues shelling in response.

The successful counterattacks by the Ukrainian military in Kherson and the Kharkiv region since last month has left Russian forces controlling less Ukrainian land than they did at the start of the war in February 2022, an analysis by CNN found. Russia’s first massive push overnight into February 24 allowed it to secure or advance on one fifth of Ukrainian territory, or about 119,000 square kilometers. Russia now controls roughly 3,000 square kilometers less land than it did in the first five days of the war.

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