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5 mins ago
Zelensky calls the Brovary accident a "terrible tragedy"
By Victoria Butneko
Workers walk past the helicopter crash site in Brovary, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, on January 18.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described Wednesday's helicopter crash in Brovary as a "terrible tragedy."
Zelensky confirmed that Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky, First Deputy Minister Yevheniy Yenin and State Secretary Yuriy Lubkovychis died in the crash in a statement released Wednesday.
He stated that he has ordered the Ukrainian security services to "investigate all the circumstances" of the incident.
The Interior Ministry officials were "true patriots of Ukraine," he said.
"May they rest in peace! Rest in peace to all those whose lives were taken this black morning," he added.
7 mins ago
The Ukrainian minister who died in the helicopter crash was "a great friend of the European Union", says the president of the Council
By Alex Hardie
Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky, who died in the Brovary helicopter crash, was "a great friend of the EU," said Charles Michel, President of the European Council.
Michel said the European Union joins Ukraine "in grief after the tragic helicopter crash in Brovary" in a tweet on Wednesday.
"Minister Denys Monastyrsky was a great friend of the EU. We share our deepest condolences with the families of the victims, President @ZelenskyyUa, Prime Minister @Denys_Shmyhal and the people of #Ukraine," Michel's tweet read.
We join #Ukraine in grief following the tragic helicopter accident in #Brovary
Minister Denys Monastyrsky was a great friend of the EU.
We share our deepest condolences with the families of the victims, President @ZelenskyyUa PM @Denys_Shmyhal and the people of #Ukraine
—Charles Michel (@CharlesMichel) January 18, 2023
9 mins ago
At least nine victims of the helicopter crash in Brovary were neighbors who "took their children to daycare"
By Brent Swails, Maria Kostenko
Bodies covered on the ground at a helicopter crash site in Brovary, outside Kyiv, Ukraine, on January 18.
(Photo: Daniel Cole/AP)
Nine of the 18 victims of the Brovary helicopter crash identified so far were locals who "brought their children to kindergarten," said Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration.
All nine people on board the helicopter died in the crash, and authorities put the total number of victims at 18 in their latest update.
However, that figure may rise, according to Oleksiy Kuleba, head of the Kyiv region's military administration.
"There is currently no information on the number of missing children," Kuleba told reporters at the crash site.
"Identification is ongoing. Parents are coming, lists are being drawn up."
11 minutes ago
A helicopter crashes near Kyiv, killing several people, including the Ukrainian Interior Minister
By Maria Kostenko, Sophie Tanno, Brent Swails
Wreckage of the helicopter in Brovary, Ukraine, on January 18.
A helicopter crashed near a kindergarten in the Ukrainian city of Brovary on Wednesday, killing at least 18 people, including Ukraine's interior minister, according to national police chief Ihor Klymenko.
Nine of the victims were aboard the helicopter when it crashed, Klymenko said.
Ukraine's Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky is among the dead, it added.
"The accident killed the leaders of the Ministry of the Interior: the minister, the first deputy minister and the secretary of state," the police chief said.
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