Ukraine's Interior Minister and 17 others die when their helicopter crashes near kyiv

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, confirmed on Wednesday the death of the Interior Minister, Denis Monastirski, after a helicopter crashed on the outskirts of the capital, kyiv, and He demanded to “clarify the circumstances of what happened.”

“Today a terrible tragedy took place in Brovary,” said the president, who put the death toll at 15, including three children. “The pain is unspeakable. The helicopter has landed on the grounds of a day care center.” He stated, before stressing that “the exact number of victims of the tragedy is being clarified.”

Thus, he pointed out that among the deceased are Monastirski, the Deputy Minister of the Interior, Yevhen Tenin; State Secretary for the Interior Yuri Lubkovich; her assistants and the crew members of the device.

“I have ordered the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), in cooperation with the National Police and other authorized bodies, that determine the circumstances of what happened”he stressed.

Zelensky, who described the deceased members of the leadership of the Ministry of Interior as “true patriots”, He conveyed his condolences to the families and friends of the victims.. “Rest in peace. May everyone whose lives were taken on this black morning rest in peace,” she remarked.

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For his part, the deputy adviser to the Ukrainian Presidency, Kirilo Timoshenko, stressed that the leadership of the Ministry of the Interior was displacing a “hot spot” in the country, according to the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform. “The purpose (of the flight) was to carry out work in a hot area of ​​the country. The Minister of the Interior was going there.”he stressed, without giving further details.

Shortly before, the chief prosecutor of Ukraine, Andrei Kostin, had stated that “for now all options are being considered” in the accident and added that “the preliminary investigation will be in the hands of SBU investigators.” “The matter is under my personal control,” he stressed.

For his part, the governor of the kyiv region, Oleksiy Kuleba, raised the dead to 18, including three children, and estimated the injured at 29, including 15 minorsaccording to a brief message posted on his account on Telegram.

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