Helicopter crashes, killing Ukrainian government leaders and injuring many more

A devastating helicopter crash has occurred near a kindergarten in the Kyiv region, claiming the lives of at least 14 people, including the top leadership of Ukraine’s interior ministry who were on board. According to a report by officials.

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES) reported that an additional 25 people, including 11 children, were wounded in the incident that took place in Brovary on Wednesday.

The emergency service has revised the amount of fatalities from the crash on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital. The initial estimation was 18 casualties.

The latest report indicates that a total of 14 bodies were discovered at the location of the accident. Those that perished during the incident included one infant, as well as the nine people who were in the helicopter. The deceased passengers comprised of six government representatives and three members of the flight crew.

The State Emergency Service (SES) declared the conclusion of search and rescue operations at the site of the accident on Wednesday afternoon.

The Ukrainian National Police confirmed the deaths of Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky, First Deputy Minister Yevheniy Yenin, and State Secretary Yuriy Lubkovych.

The Ukrainian Security Services, otherwise known as the SBU, have opened up an investigation into the plane crash. They have also provided a statement on Facebook about the incident, mentioning that “several versions of the tragedy are being considered.”

Examples of potential causes of the incident include breaking flight regulations, technical issues with the helicopter, or any causing intentional attempts to damage the helicopter.

No other Ukrainian officials have indicated that Russia was involved in the crash. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has referred to the incident as a “tragedy.”