A helicopter crashed near a kindergarten in Ukraine, killing children and senior officials

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Kyiv, Ukraine Ukraine’s interior minister was among at least 17 people killed when a helicopter crashed near a kindergarten outside the capital Kyiv, officials said Wednesday. responsible.

After the incident, in a video that was circulated on the Internet, screams could be heard at the scene of the fire.

It is unclear whether the cause of the crash was an accident or Ukraine’s war with Russia.

According to the Associated Press, referring to the head of the National Police of Ukraine, Igor Klymenko, among the dead are the Minister of Internal Affairs, Denis Monastyrskyi, his deputy Yevgeny Yenin, and State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Yury Lubkovich.

Nine of the dead were in an emergency service helicopter, AP reported.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi called the accident a “terrible tragedy” in a statement on social media.

“The pain is indescribable,” he added.

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Military personnel stand at the site of a helicopter crash near a kindergarten outside the capital Kyiv on January 18, 2023.

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42-year-old Monastyrskyi, a father of two children, was appointed as the Minister of Internal Affairs in 2021. He is the highest official of Ukraine to die since then. Russia invaded Ukraine 11 months agoReuters reports.

22 people were hospitalized, 10 of them were children.

Officials said the children and staff were in the nursery at the time of the accident.

Doctors and police are working at the scene of the incident in the town of Brovary, which is located about 20 kilometers north-east of Kyiv.

Russian and Ukrainian forces fought for control of Brovar at the beginning of the invasion of Moscow, until Russian troops were withdrawn in early April.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to pro-Western Ukraine on February 24 last year.

The crash follows a Russian tragedy that killed 45 people, including six children. The missile hit a residential building east of the Dnieper on weekends.

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