Ukraine interior minister among 16 dead after helicopter crashes near Kyiv nursery
Two children were also killed in the crash.
The Ukrainian interior minister, his deputy, and another official are among 16 people killed after an emergency services helicopter crashed near a nursery in the Kyiv region.
The governor of the Kyiv region said on Wednesday that a helicopter crashed near a nursery and a residential building earlier that day.
The chief of Ukraine’s National Police, Ihor Klymenko, confirmed that two children were also killed in the crash.
The minister, Denys Monastyrskiy, was with eight others in the helicopter. His deputy Eugene Yenin and state secretary Yurii Lubkovich also died in the crash.
A total of 22 people were injured, including 1o children, after the helicopter crashed in Brovary, Kyiv’s eastern suburb.
⚡️Helicopter crashes near kindergarten in Brovary, casualties reported.
Kyiv Oblast Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said that children and employees were at the kindergarten during the crash in Brovary, a city just east of Kyiv, on Jan. 18. According to police, at least 5 were injured.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) January 18, 2023
A helicopter has crashed in a residential area in Brovary, east of Kyiv. Head of the National Police Ihor Klymenko says The leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs died as a result of the plane crash.” Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky among them. 16 dead; 2 children.
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) January 18, 2023
🚁 As a result of the crash in #Brovary, the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs died: Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, his deputy Eugene Yenin, and State Secretary Yurii Lubkovich.
Source: the head of the National Police Ihor Klymenko pic.twitter.com/EzQRACbjow
— UkraineWorld (@ukraine_world) January 18, 2023
Footage shared on social media appears to show the helicopter wreckage outside a burning building.
Children and staff were moved from the kindergarten.
In the helicopter crash in Brovary, Kyiv Oblast, the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was killed, reported regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba. pic.twitter.com/vOV1Mav0nm
— Hromadske Int. (@Hromadske) January 18, 2023
BREAKING: 18 people have died, including 3 children after a helicopter carrying Ukraine’s head of Interior Ministry crashes near a nursery in Brovary, Kyiv region #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/hxQ4kDyOH4
— Danny Armstrong (@DannyWArmstrong) January 18, 2023
According to the BBC, it was dark and foggy at the time of the crash and initial reports suggest the helicopter hit the kindergarten before crashing close to a residential building.
The cause of the crash has not yet been established.