One firefighter has died and multiple properties are feared lost after terrifying bushfires

One firefighter has died and multiple properties are feared lost after terrifying bushfires driven by extreme weather conditions swept across four Australian states on Monday.

The volunteer firefighter from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service died when a truck rolled near Jingellic, about 70km east of Albury, on the border with Victoria. The RFS said two trucks, including the one in which the firefighter died, had been overturned by high winds. Two others suffered burns in the crash.

The figure amounts to the equivalent of 45 abuses every single day for 10 years. But even that may be just the tip of the iceberg, it is said: many thousands more attacks are thought to have gone unreported.

Caitriona Twomey, who runs the Penny Dinners charity in Cork, said: “We knew Frankie very well and he was a gentle soul.

“We’re all very saddened. We’re devastated it is Frankie because he is gentle, harmless and doesn’t bother anyone.

Oleg Yanishevsky, Sergei Zinchenko, Pavel Abroskin, Oleksandr Marynchenko, and Serhiy Tamtura were accused of shooting protesters on Instytutska Street in Kiev on February 20, 2014. Forty-eight people died and eighty were injured.

The killings were part of a crackdown instituted while President Yanukovych, a supporter of Moscow, tried to cling to power. He had faced determined street protests over his refusal to enter an economic agreement with the EU and fled to Russia two days later.

‘She did not make a good impression on the court,’ he said. ‘She did not tell the truth and tried to mislead the court.

‘She tried to avoid giving answers and part of her statements could not be accepted. I could observe no reliability on her part of her defence.