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Ukraine to investigate leaked tapes with ex-president, Biden

MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into leaked tapes that allegedly feature the country's former leader discussing conditions for a $1 billion loan with former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

The tapes, which are yet to be authenticated, were released on Tuesday by Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Derkach, who long has aired unsubstantiated corruption accusations against Biden and his son, who used to serve as a board member at Ukrainian gas company Burisma.

The recordings don't appear to contain anything that would incriminate Biden or his son and were seen by some observers as a political effort to help U.S. President Donald Trump's reelection bid.

Associated Press

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