US, allies ‘move at speed of war’ to save Ukraine; hungry Mariupol residents must labor at mass graves

The family of the 14-year-old boy who died last month after falling from a Florida amusement park ride filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday, accusing the park, ride operator and manufacturer of negligence.

Tyre Sampson died March 24 when he slipped through the gap between the harness and the seat on the Orlando FreeFall ride at ICON Park, an accident report found last week.

The lawsuit claims the ride was “unreasonably dangerous” and that Tyre died as a direct result of the negligence of ICON Park, which leased the space; the Slingshot Group, which owns and operated the ride; Funtime Handels GmbH, the Austrian company that manufactured the ride; and Keator Construction, which built the ride. Multiple other businesses connected to the ride are named in the suit.

A meeting of defense officials from more than three dozen nations Tuesday helped unify the West’s efforts to aid Ukraine “win today and build strength for tomorrow,” U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.

“Countries all around the world have been stepping up to meet Ukraine’s urgent needs,” Austin said following the meeting at the U.S. Ramstein Air Base in Germany. “We’ve got to move at the speed of war.”
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Austin said Germany, which had balked to providing heavy weaponry to Ukraine, had agreed to send 50 anti-aircraft weapons to the embattled nation now in its third month of a grueling war against Russia’s invading force. Austin lauded “countries all around the world that have been stepping up to meet Ukraine’s urgent needs.”

He said similar meetings will be held once a month, either virtually or in person. Before the meeting, Austin had promised to “keep moving heaven and earth” to support Ukraine. The U.S. and its allies have committed more than $5 billion worth of equipment to Ukraine’s defense, he said.