A helicopter claimed Ukrainian interior ministry officials.

A helicopter claimed Ukrainian interior ministry officials.

A helicopter crash claimed the lives of Ukrainian interior ministry officials.

Watch: Devastation left in the wake of the Brovary chopper crash

by Paul Kirby in London and James Waterhouse in Brovary
the BBC
The three key members of Ukraine’s interior ministry perished in a helicopter accident next to a nursery in an eastern Kyiv suburb.

Along with his first deputy minister and state secretary, 42-year-old interior minister Denys Monastyrsky also passed away.

Around 08:30 local time (06:30 GMT), the helicopter crashed in Brovary, killing 14 people, including one kid, according to officials.

No evidence exists that the collision was anything other than an accident.

However, the SBU state security service claimed that it was investigating a number of crash-related scenarios, including sabotage, a technical issue, or a violation of the flight regulations.

The State Emergency Service first reported that up to 18 persons may have died in the disaster, but later changed its estimate to 14 fatalities.

The most prominent Ukrainian victim since the war began is Mr. Monastyrsky, who served as one of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s political aides for the longest period of time.

The minister was en route to a “hot spot” for conflict when his chopper crashed, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office.

The ministerial delegation was its route to meet him in Kharkiv, according to Volodymyr Tymoshko, the city’s police chief, who said he had only spoken to them yesterday.

The Kyiv administration was deeply affected by the minister’s passing because the interior ministry had the

directing the police and ensuring security during the war.

The helicopter’s wreckage was visible outside a Brovary apartment complex.
The interior minister, who was 42 years old, held an important position in President Zelensky’s administration.

Throughout the conflict, he served as a recognisable face for Ukrainians, keeping them informed of the deaths brought.


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