A helicopter crash close to a kindergarten within the Kyiv area has killed not less than 18 folks, including Ukraine’s whole interior ministry management staff, in accordance with officers.
At least 29 others had been injured within the incident on Wednesday within the city of Brovary, on the outskirts of Ukraine’s capital, in accordance with Oleksiy Kuleba, head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration.
Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky, First Deputy Minister Yevheniy Yenin and Secretary of State Yuriy Lubkovychis died within the crash, Anton Geraschenko, a ministry adviser, confirmed on social media.
The 9 folks onboard the plane died, whereas the opposite casualties had been locals “bringing their children to the kindergarten,” mentioned Kyrylo Tymoshenko, head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration.
Kuleba, talking alongside Tymoshenko on the scene to reporters, added “there is currently no information on the number of missing children. Identification is ongoing. Parents are coming, lists are being compiled.”
A CNN staff on the bottom within the Kyiv area famous grey skies and really low visibility.
The helicopter that has crashed was a Eurocopter EC225 “Super Puma,” a CNN producer confirmed after seeing remnants of flight manuals among the many particles.
It landed close to a kindergarten and a residential constructing, Kuleba mentioned earlier.
“At the time of the tragedy, there were children and the staff in the kindergarten. At the moment, everyone was evacuated,” he wrote on Telegram.
Paramedics, the police and firefighters are responding on the scene, Kuleba added.
In a written assertion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky referred to as the crash “a terrible tragedy,” including that he has ordered the Ukrainian Security Services to “to find out all the circumstances.”
Zelensky ended his assertion by saying the officers had been “true patriots of Ukraine. May they rest in peace! May all those whose lives were taken this black morning rest in peace!”
Charles Michel, president of the European Council, additionally paid tribute to Monastyrsky as “a great friend of the EU.” Michel tweeted that the European Union joins Ukraine “in grief following the tragic helicopter accident in Brovary.”
In April 2022, Monastyrsky took CNN’s Fred Pleitgen to Chernobyl to visit abandoned Russian military positions the place radioactive contamination had been revealed.