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Ukraine helicopter crash: Interior minister among 18 others killed in Brovary city

There was no immediate confirmation on whether the crash was an accident or a result of the war with Russia.

Edited By : Anurag Roushan, Ajeet Kumar
New Delhi
Updated on: January 18, 2023 17:56 IST
Workers pass the scene where a helicopter crashed on civil
Image Source : AP Workers pass the scene where a helicopter crashed on civil infrastructure in Brovary

Ukraine helicopter crash: In a tragic incident, at least 18 people, including the country's Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, were killed and several injured after a helicopter crashed near a kindergarten in Brovary city in Ukraine. 

Ihor Klymenko, chief of Ukraine’s National Police, confirmed that the deceased also included Monastyrskyi 's deputy Yevhen Yenin, State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Yurii Lubkovych, and two children. 

Nine of those killed were aboard the emergency services helicopter that crashed in Brovary, Kyiv’s eastern suburb, Klymenko added.

"In Brovary a helicopter has crashed next to a nursery and residential building. Children and the employees of the kindergarten were there at the moment of the tragedy," Kyiv regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba stated on Telegram. 

India Tv -  Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi

Image Source : AP/FILE Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi

According to media reports, a total of  22 people were injured, including 10 children. The preliminary reports suggested that the helicopter,  Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma, was flying in foggy weather which led to the accident. 

However, it is yet to be ascertained whether the crash was an accident or a result of the ongoing ravaging war with Russia. 

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India Tv - First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska reacts at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Image Source : APFirst Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska reacts at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Ukraine first lady, Olena Zelenska, daubed teary eyes and pinched her nose in emotion minutes before attending a World Economic Forum session in Davos, Switzerland.

“Another very sad day today — new losses,” she said.

Forum President Borge Brende requested 15 seconds of silence after opening the session to honor the Ukrainian officials killed in the crash.

India Tv - Workers pass the scene where a helicopter crashed on civil infrastructure in Brovary

Image Source : APWorkers pass the scene where a helicopter crashed on civil infrastructure in Brovary

The crash came just four days after a Russian missile strike on an apartment building in southeastern Ukraine killed 45 civilians, including six children — the deadliest attack on civilians since the spring.

“Haven’t had time to recover from one tragedy, there is already another one,” said the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

(With inputs from AP)

Also Read: 29 killed as multiple missiles strike apartment in Ukraine's Dnipro; Russia says "goal achieved" I PICS

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