16 people are killed in a helicopter crash, including Ukraine's interior minister.
Denys Monastyrskyy, the interior minister of Ukraine, and other officials were died in a helicopter accident in a Kyiv neighborhood, according to the authorities.
According to Ukraine's emergency services, the most recent dead toll following the crash on Wednesday at a nursery in Brovary was 16. Prior to the incident, a local authority had claimed that 18 people had died.
Three kids, Yevhen Yenin, the deputy of Monastyrskyy, and Yurii Lubkovych, the state secretary of the ministry of internal affairs, were all killed.
25 individuals in total, including 10 kids, were hurt.
At least 30 people were wounded, including 12 children.
“There were children and … staff in the nursery at the time of this tragedy,” Oleksiy Kuleba, governor of Kyiv region, wrote on Telegram.
“Children from the kindergarten are in another educational institution, and relevant services are working with them,” he said, adding that all emergency services are on site.
Whether the rescue services helicopter crash was an accident or the result of the nearly 11-month battle with Russia was not immediately clear.
Social media users posted videos of the crash that featured a burning structure and wailing victims. Near the destroyed nursery, a courtyard contained a number of victims covered in foil blankets, and a playground was littered with wreckage.
According to the RBK-Ukraine news agency, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office, stated at a briefing that the helicopter was traveling to one of the "hot zones" of the conflict with Russia and that additional information will be supplied later.
Andriy Kostin, the general prosecutor of Ukraine, stated on Telegram that the Ukrainian Security Service is conducting the inquiry.
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