Military and police are at the scene of a helicopter crash near a kindergarten in Brovary, on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv, which killed 16 people, including two children and Ukraine’s interior minister.
At least 16 people, including Ukraine’s interior minister and three children, were killed in a helicopter crash outside Kyiv on Wednesday while en route to the front lines of the war with Russia.
Authorities initially said 18 people had died, but later revised the death toll to 16.
“The purpose of the flight was to go to one of the hotspots in our country where fighting is taking place.”
Kirilo Tymoshenko is
Advisor to the President of Ukraine.
“The Home Secretary was on his way there,” he added.
There were also “29 wounded, including 15 children,” according to a message from the region’s governor, Oleksiy Kleva.
President Volodymyr Zelensky called the accident a “horrible tragedy”. “It hurts beyond words,” he added.
Prime Minister Denis Chimigal announced that he had directed the creation of a “special group to investigate the circumstances of the tragedy in detail”.
An image circulating on social networks showed the wreckage of a helicopter near a car wrecked by metal weights. An AFP team found firefighters and police at the scene.
Among the dead were Interior Minister Denis Monastirski, 42, Deputy Minister Yevgeny Zhenin and the ministry’s Secretary of State Yuri Lubkovich, along with six others, who were on board the device, the chief of the Ukrainian police said in a statement. said in
Professional lawyer Monastirski has been in office since July 2021. In 2019, he served as a deputy member of the Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, under the name of the presidential party “Servants of the People”.
The accident occurred in Brovary, a city of about 100,000 people east of Kyiv. During the first weeks of the invasion, the town saw a lot of fighting as Russian troops tried to approach the Ukrainian capital.
At the time of the drama, “There were children and staff at the kindergarten,” Kureba said.
After the accident, the first to react was the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.
“We joined Ukraine in grief after the tragic helicopter crash (…) Monastirskiy was a great friend of the EU,” the official tweeted.
A massive fire broke out after the helicopter crashed, according to images published on social networks.
So far, the cause of the accident has not been revealed.
German Interior Minister Nancy Feser has offered Kyiv’s assistance to investigate the cause of the accident.
A spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force said the aircraft belonged to the National Emergency Service under the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
This new tragedy comes four days after Russia’s deadly attack on Dnipro in eastern Ukraine, at the height of the war with Russia.
A Russian missile destroyed a home on Saturday, killing at least 45 people, including six children. It is one of the deadliest bombings since the Russian invasion began in February 2022.
The youngest victim was 11 months old, Tymoshenko lamented Tuesday night after more than three days of searching.
Beneath the rubble, emergency teams squeezed some survivors between giant concrete blocks.
The attack, which targeted civilians, caused a great uproar among the Ukrainian public.
Zelensky vowed that “everyone guilty of this war crime” will be brought to justice, blaming the Russian military for the massacre.
The Russian side denied any involvement in the attack.