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Ukraine Interior Minister Among 18 Killed in Helicopter Crash Near Kyiv

At least 18 people, including Ukraine's interior minister, have been killed in a helicopter crash outside the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday.

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At least 18 people, including Ukraine’s interior minister, have been killed in a helicopter crash outside the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday.The aircraft fell near a kindergarten in the town of Brovary, some 20 kilometers northeast of Kyiv, while children and staff were inside the building, according to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential office.

Eyewitness footage from the aftermath shows a massive fire raging at the crash site. Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, who was onboard the helicopter with other ministry officials, was killed in the crash, Ukrainian national police chief Igor Klymenko said in a statement on social media.

Monastyrsky’s first deputy Yevhen Yenin and the ministry’s State Secretary Yuriy Lubkovych were also killed. Fifteen other people were killed, including three children, the head of the Kyiv regional administration, Oleksiy Kuleba, said on the Telegram messaging app.

At least 29 people, 15 of whom are children, have been hospitalized with injuries, Kuleba said. The cause of the crash is unclear. Ukraine’s interior ministry said it is considering sabotage, equipment malfunction and violation of safety rules as possible causes.

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All students and staff have been evacuated from the building, Kuleba said. Police and medics are working at the scene of the crash, he said. Images shared by former presidential spokesperson Iuliia Mendel showed a charred rotor and the rest of the helicopter wreckage outside an apartment building entrance.

Another photo showed a person showing no signs of life lying face-down beside a children’s playground. Western officials offered condolences to Ukraine over the fatal crash that killed several of its officials.

“Shocked and saddened by the terrible news from Brovary,” U.S. Ambassador to Kyiv Bridget Brink tweeted. “We join Ukraine in grief following the tragic helicopter accident,” European Union chief Charles Michel said in a message posted to social media, calling Monastyrsky “a great friend of the EU.”

Russian and Ukrainian forces fought for control of Brovary in the early stages of Moscow’s invasion until Russia’s troops withdrew in early April. The crash comes days after a Russian missile hit a residential building in the central-eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro, killing at least 45 people, including six children.

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