Ukraine: Interior ministry personnel killed in helicopter crash

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Eighteen people have been killed, including Ukraine’s interior affairs minister, after a helicopter crashed beside a nursery in an eastern suburb of the capital Kyiv. Three children were among the dead and 15 more are being treated in hospital. The minister, Denys Monastyrsky, was with eight others in the helicopter. His first deputy minister and the state secretary also died, officials said, when the helicopter came down in the suburb of Brovary. … Monastyrsky is the highest profile Ukrainian casualty since Russia’s war began, although there is no indication that the crash was anything more than an accident. The deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said the minister had been en route to a war ‘hot spot’ when his helicopter went down.” [editor’s note: Pro tip — avoid helicopters when possible, war or not – TLK] (01/18/23)