At least 16 people, including Ukraine’s interior minister, have been killed after a helicopter crashed in a suburb of the capital, Kyiv, according to Ukrainian emergency services.
Three children were among the dead and about 25 others wounded in Wednesday’s incident. They were being treated in hospital, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) said.
There was no immediate official statement on the cause of the crash. Russia, which invaded Ukraine nearly 11 months ago, has yet to comment.
The helicopter came down at about 8:20am local time (06:20 GMT) near a nursery and residential building in the town of Brovary, on the Ukrainian capital’s northeastern outskirts.
Videos shared on social media showed a burning building at the purported location where the helicopter came down. People could be heard screaming in the footage.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office, said the helicopter – which belonged to SESU – was flying towards front-line positions in the country’s east when it crashed.
A further 25 people, including 15 adults and 10 children, were hospitalised with wounds sustained in the incident, SESU said.