Ukraine: Interior minister killed in helicopter crash near Kyiv (PHOTOS)

Ukraine’s interior minister and 17 people, including three children, were killed in a helicopter crash near Kew, state police said.

hasAt least 18 people, including Ukraine’s interior minister and three children, were killed in a helicopter crash near a kindergarten in the Kyiv region on Wednesday, the national police said.


“The number of victims has increased. As of 10:30 a.m., 18 people have died, including 3 children,” the region’s governor, Oleksiy Kuleba, said in a Telegram.

“29 people, including 15 children, have been injured,” he said, adding that the higher toll raises fears.

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Among the dead were Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky, 42, his first deputy Yevgeny Yenin and the ministry’s state secretary Yuri Lubkovich, who were on the plane with six others.

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“My colleagues, my friends. What a sad loss. Deepest condolences to their families,” Mr. Monastirsky’s advisor is Anton Gerachenko.

There is no information on the cause of the tragedy

The accident happened in Browery, a town of about 100,000 people that touches the eastern suburbs of Kew. Significant fighting pitted Ukrainians and Russians against Moscow as forces from Moscow tried to force a lock on the capital in the first weeks of their invasion.

At the time of the tragedy, the “children and staff” of the nursery school located near the accident site were on site, Mr. Kouleba said.

According to footage posted on social media, a large fire broke out after the helicopter crashed, including a nearby residential building.

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At the time of the tragedy, “children and staff” of the kindergarten were on site, regional governor Oleksiï Kouleba said.

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According to footage posted on social media, the helicopter crashed causing a massive fire.

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No information on the cause of the tragedy was immediately released.

The crashed plane belonged to the State Service for Emergency Situations under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a spokesman for the Air Force of Ukraine said.





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