Ukraine’s interior ministry leadership killed in helicopter crash
January 18, 2023 - Three senior government figures and several children are among the dead after a helicopter crashed into a nursery in eastern Kyiv.
Nine people on board the aircraft and at least seven on the ground, including three children, were killed when a Super Puma helicopter crashed in the suburb of Brovary.
Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky died alongside his first deputy minister Yevhen Yenin and state secretary Yurii Lubkovich.
The 42-year-old interior minister was a prominent member of President Volodymy Zelensky’s cabinet. He played a key role in updating the public on casualties caused by Russian missile strikes since Ukraine was invaded in February 2022.
The SBU state security service said it was following several possible causes for the crash, which included sabotage as well as a technical malfunction or breach of flight rules.