Published: 2023-01-18 20:17
Last Updated: 2023-02-07 08:11
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates expressed its deepest condolences to the government and people of Ukraine for the victims of the helicopter crash in Kyiv.
The plane crash killed 16 people, including the Ukrainian Minister of Interior and two children, according to the Ukrainian police.
Ukrainian police confirmed, on Wednesday morning, the death of the Minister of Interior and his first deputy after a helicopter crash near the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, according to AFP.
Ukraine's interior minister was among 16 people, including two children, who were killed when a helicopter crashed near a kindergarten outside the capital Kyiv, officials said Wednesday.
In a video that circulated online from the aftermath of the incident, cries could be heard at the scene which was consumed by fire.
There were no immediate details on the cause of the crash.
"In total, 16 people are currently known to have died," the head of national police, Igor Klymenko, said.
Among the dead are several top officials of the interior ministry including Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky and his first deputy minister, Yevgeniy Yenin, he said.
Monastyrsky, a 42-year-old father of two, was appointed interior minister in 2021.
Twenty two people were hospitalized including 10 children.
Officials said that at the time of the crash children and employees were in the kindergarten.
Medics and police were working at the scene.
The scene of the crash in the town of Brovary is located some 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Kyiv.