BREAKING: Multiple top Ukrainian officials killed in helicopter crash 

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Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs and others from his office were among 15 people killed when a helicopter crashed Wednesday in the Kyiv region.

Denys Monastyrski, his first deputy Yevhen Yenin and internal state secretary Yuri Lubkovych were killed in the crash, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced in a Telegram post, as were their assistants and the helicopter’s crew.

“Denys, Yevhen, Yuri, the team of the Ministry of Internal Affairs… true patriots of Ukraine. May they rest in peace! May all those whose lives were taken this black morning rest in peace!” Zelensky said.

According to Zelenskyy, 3 children were among those killed. Another 25 people, including 10 children, were injured.   The crash reportedly occurred near a kindergarten and a residential building, at 8:20 a.m.

A separate report by the New York Times includes the following details:

The minister, Denys Monastyrsky, was the highest-ranking government official to die since Russia’s invasion began in February last year. There were conflicting accounts of the toll, but the latest information from Ukraine’s State Emergency Service said that 14 people, including a child, had died in the crash, which damaged a kindergarten and a 14-story residential building. The crash occurred at 8:20 a.m., a time of day when parents typically drop their children off at the school.

The cause of the crash, which involved a State Emergency Service helicopter, was not immediately clear, but there was no initial information that the aircraft had been shot down.

In a Facebook post, President Zelenskyy shared the following details about the horrific tragedy:

A terrible tragedy occurred today in Brovary, Kyiv region. The helicopter of the dsns crashed, the place of the fall was a fire.

As of this minute, 15 people have died. The exact number of victims of the tragedy is currently being established.

Among them, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denis Monastirsky, his first deputy Eugene Yenin, State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Yuri Lubkovich, their assistants, screwdriver crew.

25 people were injured, including 10 children.

As of this moment, three children were killed. The pain I can’t say. A screwdriver fell into the territory of one of the kindergartens.

Instructed the Security Service of Ukraine in cooperation with the National Police of Ukraine and other authorized bodies to find out all the circumstances of what happened. All services work at the scene of the tragedy.

My condolences to all the family and friends of the dead!
Denis, Eugene, Yuri, the Ministry of Internal Affairs team… the real patriots of Ukraine. A light memory! Bright memory to all whose lives were taken this black morning!


Anton Gerashchenko, Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, paid tribute to the lost officials in a Twitter post:

My friends, statesmen Denys Monastyrskyi, Yevhen Yenin, Yurii Lubkovych, everyone who was on board of that helicopter, were patriots who worked to make Ukraine stronger. We will always remember you. Your families will be cared for. Eternal memory to my friends.

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