Eighteen folks, together with Ukraine’s inside minister and three kids, have been killed when a helicopter crashed close to a nursery college in Kyiv on Wednesday, officers mentioned.
Oleksiy Kuleba, head of the Ukrainian capital’s regional administration, mentioned on Telegram that 29 folks had additionally been wounded, together with 15 kids, within the incident close to a kindergarten and residential constructing in Brovary, an jap suburb.
The helicopter belonged to the state emergency service of Ukraine.
Ihor Klymenko, chief of the nationwide police, wrote on Fb that the “management of the ministry of inner affairs died consequently” of the crash. He mentioned that Denys Monastyrsky, the inside minister, in addition to his deputy Yevhen Yenin and state secretary Yuriy Lubkovich, a senior ministry official, have been additionally killed.
Klymenko mentioned all 9 folks on board the helicopter when it crashed have been among the many useless.
Movies and images shared by Ukrainian authorities confirmed the smouldering wreckage of the helicopter close to the doorway of a constructing and our bodies on the bottom close by.
Emergency service employees are on the scene and the authorities have launched an investigation.
“The causes of the tragedy are being established by investigators. Whether or not it was sabotage, a technical malfunction, a violation of flight security guidelines, we’ll quickly discover out,” mentioned Anton Gerashchenko, an inside ministry adviser.
A lawyer by coaching, Monastyrsky, 42, was born within the western metropolis of Khmelnytskyi. He was elected to parliament on the ticket of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Servant of the Folks social gathering in 2019, earlier than he was tapped to steer the inside ministry in July 2021.
He was a detailed ally of the president and made common journeys with Zelenskyy to go to Ukrainian troops on the entrance traces.