Authorities said the helicopter crashed near a kindergarten and an apartment building in the city of Brovary, Kyiv region. At least 18 people were killed, including the interior minister, deputy minister, and secretary of state.
Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky died this morning along with his deputy minister and 16 others in a helicopter crash in the city of Brovary, Kyiv region, Ukraine, according to Ukrainian officials.
“This morning, January 18, an ambulance helicopter crashed in Brobury. The plane crash resulted in the deaths of an Interior Ministry leader, minister, first deputy minister and secretary of state,” the National Police said. the memo said.
Kyiv Regional Military Administrator Oleksiy Kleva said that as of 10:30 am (05:30 in Chile), the death toll had already risen to 18, including three children, and 29, including 15 minors. reported injured.
Police had previously reported 16 deaths, including two children, nine of whom were on helicopters.
In addition, 22 people, including 10 children, are hospitalized, he added.
This week has been a complicated one for Ukraine, especially after an attack that killed 44 people, including at least four children, after a Russian missile hit homes in the town of Dnipro.
A minister, deputy minister, and secretary of state were killed
According to Ukrainian media, in addition to Monastirsky, the helicopter also carried his first deputy Evgen Yenin and Interior Ministry Secretary of State Yuri Lubkovich.
Yury Inat, spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force Command, said in a statement to television collected by Unian that the helicopter that crashed in Brovary was performing a mission for the state emergency services.
“Unfortunately, this happened to the helicopter of the State Emergency Service, which was performing its mission and flying over it. Now in Ukraine there is a certain number of such helicopters performing defense tasks for the country, ”he said. He said.
He added that we will have to wait for more details from state emergency services.
Authorities said the helicopter crashed near a day care center and an apartment building.
“When the tragedy happened, there were institutional children and employees in the daycare. At this point, everyone was evacuated. There are casualties,” Kleba said.
Zelensky laments ‘horrible tragedy’
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the interior minister’s accident as a “horrible tragedy”.
“So far 15 people are known to have died (18 were later confirmed). The exact number has not yet been established,” the Ukrainian leader sent to his Telegram account. said in a message.