It was reported that 16 people, including Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky and his deputy, died in a helicopter crash near the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
Ukrainian police chief Igor Klimenko announced, in a written statement, that a helicopter belonging to the emergency services has crashed in the city of Brovary, Kyiv region.
Noting that Monastyrsky and his assistant Yevgeny Y. lost their lives in the accident, Klimenko shared the information that a total of 16 people, two of whom were children, died due to the accident.
Klimenko indicated that 22 injured people received treatment in the hospital, noting that all concerned units continue to work at the scene of the accident.
It was reported in Ukrainian newspapers that the helicopter crashed near a kindergarten and a fire broke out in the area where the accident occurred.
Ukraine: investigation into whether the helicopter crash was caused by sabotage or malfunction
Regarding the helicopter crash that occurred in the Kyiv region, Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, said in a statement on his Facebook account, “The causes of the tragedy are being investigated by investigators. We will soon find out if it was sabotage or equipment malfunction.” or a violation of aviation safety rules.” Use the phrase.
Recalling that Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky, First Deputy Evgeny Enin and his secretary Yura Lobkovich, as well as all those on board the helicopter lost their lives in the accident, Gerashchenko said:
My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this terrible disaster. Everyone in the helicopter were Ukrainian patriots, each defending and promoting Ukraine. We will always remember you. Your family will always be under the protection of friends and the state.
Who is Monastirsky?
Monastyrsky entered politics by being elected as a deputy in 2019 from the Servant of the People party, which was founded by President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Monastyrsky, a law graduate known under the identity of his lawyer, replaced Arsen Avakov, who quit his job in 2021.
Monastyrsky, a father of two, was 42 years old.
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