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Ukraine Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyy Among 14 killed In Helicopter Crash

Ukraine Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyy Among 14 killed In Helicopter Crash

Ukraine’s interior minister Denys Monastyrskyy and other top officials were killed when a helicopter crashed near a nursery in Brovary, outside Kyiv.

The helicopter came down on Wednesday, 18 January near a nursery outside the capital, Kyiv, according to emergency services.

At least 14 people, including Monastyrskyy, his deputy Yevhen Yenin and State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Yurii Lubkovych and one child were killed in the crash.

It was not immediately clear what caused the helicopter to crash in the town of Brovary.

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) said in its latest update the death toll at 3 PM local time (1 PM GMT) stood at 14, including one child.

Dozens of people, including children, were wounded.

Deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said the helicopter was going to one of the “hot spots” of the war with Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the crash “a terrible tragedy”.

Reporting for Al Jazeera from Kyiv, Natacha Butler said the deaths were a “huge blow” for the country “on a government level”. She said:

This is Ukraine’s interior minister, one of the highest posts in the country; his deputy.

These are key figures in Ukraine’s government at a time when the government is at war with Russia, so this will be a huge blow to the country no doubt.

You can only imagine some of the conversations happening right now, in Kyiv in those government circles as to what’s going to happen next.

Monastyrskyy (42), responsible for the police and security inside Ukraine, is the most senior Ukrainian official to die since the war began.

He was a trained lawyer and had served as Ukraine’s interior minister since July 2021.

Monastyrskyy was a key member of Zelenskyy’s party Servant of the People and was married, with two children. | Al Jazeera

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@tee 2 weeks ago

its a tragedy

only 2 weeks ago

to ukraine... to Russia it's a blessing in disguise

Dispenser 2 weeks ago

Just stop e war.

JakArts 2 weeks ago

Ndozvinoita hondo.Russia soldiers vava kupfuka.More is still to come.Pamberi nehondo Cde Putin

Zuze 2 weeks ago

@JackArts you are a Jack-ass and a Jack-àrsé

Chomboel 2 weeks ago

High time you negotiate to stop the war, don't be used by super powers,your own people are suffering thiink twice Mr President 😭😭😭😭😭

Chasura 2 weeks ago

The president of Ukraine thinks that NATO is going to come and rescue them because they are white. America irikutokwata kupindira yajaita kurwisa nyika diki now that Russia is doing what the American are doing they will keep on showing fake news of Ukraine whilst the place is now rebels

2 weeks ago

Ndosaka wakanzi Chasura. Pfungwa dzako dziri kumagáró

2 weeks ago

taura hako neshona Muvhevhi haakubayi ba

2 weeks ago

Kwasara purezidhendi wacho iyeye bcz hama dzake dzeku uk dzakauraya ana mbuya nehanda apa

2 weeks ago

Munomudii? Gore rese matadza kvitova Ukraine

Bright 2 weeks ago

Ummm age yake iyi ya that's why dzimwe nyika ndosaka dzichibudirira coz chembere vanoziva kti dzorara pa graft

Sir Zimbabwe 2 weeks ago

ViVa Ukraine, I stand with Zelensky since the begging of war. Ukraine will win this war russia kaita kamwana ako

Gaffer 2 weeks ago

Mabhema dzekwani nhasi comrade

mutsa 2 weeks ago

most f.o.ols support wickedness. Russia supports dictatorship and there nothing good about them.


Youth Isiri YeZanu 2 weeks ago

Zelensky should put his peoples' lives into consideration and negotiate to end thi war. He is safe but his people are dying daily whilst he is busy begging for support from America and friends, the support that is not even coming.

2 weeks ago

@Youth... you are speaking from a point of ignorance. Zelenzsky was invaded by Russia. What do you expect him to negotiate for?

What more support can you expect? He is getting hundreds of billions of dollars worth of armaments and munitions from NATO - for free. All he is providing is manpower.

Revelation 2 weeks ago

Sounds more like CIA is beginning to tie up loose ends 😁😁😁😁

PVC 2 weeks ago

momanyirepi nhay pindula is it denys or dies

Iweweeee 2 weeks ago

Izita rake iwe. Anonzi "Denys Monastyrskyy"

@ pvc 2 weeks ago

munedzungu mdara😂😂😂

Führer 2 weeks ago

Manya thoko bata

Andrew Tate 2 weeks ago

This is nothing but a proxy war

Pyccknñ Vladmir 2 weeks ago

The nazi_ugurain will be wiped out off the face of the mother Earth!

The Truth 2 weeks ago

Who doesn't know that Ukraine is part of Russia federation?uyo mface we Ukraine uyo akuto urayisa ana munhuwo zvavo iye ari safe nemhuri yake vachitomwa coffee vachiitirana mweya whilst the masses are suffering daily out there.

Kwaku Jiti Pidigu Jii 2 weeks ago

That Zelensky should negotiate with Putin to end the war is neither idealistic nor admissible because the crux of matter lies in Putin's moribund expansionist desire to annex not only the Donbas region and strengthen his grip on the Crimean Peninsula, but the whole of Ukraine to fall under his hegemony so that the country disappears from map of Eastern Europe.

@the truth 2 weeks ago

Where did you do your history I think you are just a dunder head

Kwaku Jiti Pidigu Jii 2 weeks ago

You were zanunised ideologically and you don't read books.

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