Updated at 4:50 a.m. ET

A Ukraine International Airlines jetliner, reportedly carrying 176 passengers and crew, has crashed near Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport, according to Iran state television, which said all those aboard are dead. Iranian officials said they believe one of the plane's engines caught fire.

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET

Two Florida-based businessmen who helped President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani in his efforts to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine have been arrested and charged with campaign finance violations in a separate matter.

Updated at 12:08 p.m. ET

The nation's top spy told lawmakers on Thursday that he supports the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the Ukraine affair but said he struggled to deal with how to handle the case inside the Trump administration.

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire told the House intelligence committee in an open hearing that he believed the whistleblower and the spy world's inspector general had acted in good faith and that he has tried to handle a unique situation as best he could.

U.S. Capitol

Local members of Congress are weighing in on the controversy over a phone call that President Donald Trump had with the Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Updated at 11:20 p.m. ET

President Trump has released a transcript of his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Five Western New Yorkers are traveling to Ukraine to join US and international delegates who will be there to observe that nation's first round of a presidential election March 31.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Protests in Ukraine began late last year with hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians taking to the streets to rally against corruption and police violence in the country. Congressman Brian Higgins says the violence happening there is a complicated matter.

Ukrainian student shares 'Stories of Student Activism'

Mar 4, 2014
Photo from Slavka Kutsay Facebook page

With Ukraine on the brink of a civil war, a graduate student who works as a journalist in the the country is in Buffalo to tell her story.