Several senior officials and the Interior Minister himself, Denis Monastirski, are among the 18 killed in a helicopter crash in the kyiv region. “As a result of the accident, the leadership of the Ministry of the Interior has died: the minister, the vice-minister and the secretary of state“, said the head of the Ukrainian Police, Igor Klimenko.
In a message on his account on the social network Facebook, the police chief has indicated that “a helicopter of the State Emergency Service has crashed in Brovary”, in an accident that has taken place near a kindergarten and in which 18 people have been killed, according to the last count. This new misfortune is added to the attack three days ago on a residential building in Dniprowhich resulted in the death of 23 civilians.
The head of the kyiv regional military administration, Oleksiy Kuleba, has reported that the death toll at 10:30 am (0830 GMT) already amounted to 18, including three childrenin addition to 29 injured, including 15 minors.
Minutes before, the governor of kyiv, Oleksiy Kuleba, had detailed that the helicopter “has fallen near a nursery and a residential building.” “At the time of the tragedy, children and employees of the institution were in the nursery. Everyone has been evacuated“He had reported through his Telegram account.
Likewise, the spokesperson for the Police in the kyiv region, Irina Prianishnikova, pointed out that the event had resulted in several deaths, without giving further details. “Police and emergency services, as well as the National Guard, are on the scene. We have already evacuated several people,” she said, according to the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform.
For his part, the deputy adviser to the Ukrainian Presidency, Kirilo Timoshenko, said that “the number of reports on victims in Brovary is increasing.” “We do not have time to recover from a tragedy and we already have another“, he lamented. In recent days, Russia has intensified attacks on urban centers in Ukraine, including the capital kyiv.