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Brovary, Ukraine: Helicopter crash kills 18, including Ukrainian interior minister



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A helicopter crash near a kindergarten in the Kyiv region has killed at least 18 people, including the entire leadership team of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, officials say.

At least 29 other people were injured in Wednesday’s incident in the town of Brovaireon the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, according to Oleksiy Kuleba, head of the Kyiv regional military administration.

Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky, First Deputy Minister Yevheniy Yenin and State Secretary Yuriy Lubkovychis died in the crash, Anton Geraschenko, an adviser to the ministry, confirmed on social media.

All nine people on board the plane died, while the other victims were residents “bringing their children to kindergarten”, said Kyrylo Tymoshenko, head of Ukraine’s presidential administration.

An aerial view of the helicopter crash in Brovary.

The site of the incident Wednesday morning.

Kuleba, speaking to reporters alongside Tymoshenko at the scene, added “there is currently no information on the number of missing children. Identification is in progress. Parents are arriving, lists are in process. to be compiled.

A CNN team on the ground in the Kyiv region noted gray skies and very low visibility.

The helicopter that crashed was a Eurocopter EC225 “Super Puma”, a CNN producer confirmed after seeing remnants of flight manuals among the wreckage.

It landed near a kindergarten and a residential building, Kuleba said earlier.

“At the time of the tragedy, there were children and kindergarten staff. At the moment everyone has been evacuated,” he wrote on Telegram.

Paramedics, police and firefighters are responding to the scene, Kuleba added.

In a written statement, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the accident a “terrible tragedy”, adding that he had ordered Ukrainian security services to “find out all the circumstances”.

Zelensky ended his statement by saying that those responsible were “true patriots of Ukraine. May they rest in peace! May all whose lives were taken this dark morning rest in peace!

Charles Michel, President of the European Council, also paid tribute to Monastyrsky as “a great friend of the EU”. Michel tweeted that the European Union is joining Ukraine “in pain following the tragic helicopter crash in Brovary”.

In April 2022, Monastyrsky took CNN’s Fred Pleitgen to Chernobyl to visit abandoned Russian military positions where radioactive contamination had been revealed.

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