US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden expressed their condolences in connection with the helicopter crash in Brovary.
“Jill and I extend our deepest condolences to the families of all those killed in the tragic helicopter crash in Ukraine this morning, including Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi and other senior Ukrainian government officials. Our hearts also go out to the dozens of civilians who have been killed or injured, including precious children and their families. We grieve with all who mourn this terrible tragedy,” the statement said.
In a statement, Biden added that Monastyrskyi and his team were deeply involved in preserving democracy in Ukraine – “both in protecting it from Russian aggression and in vital work on reforms to strengthen Ukrainian institutions.”
On the morning of January 18, a helicopter of the State Emergency Service fell near a kindergarten and a 14-story residential building in Brovary, Kyiv region. According to detailed information, 14 people died as a result of the helicopter crash, including one child and 9 people on board. 25 people were injured, including 11 children. Search and rescue operations have already been completed.
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The leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was on board the helicopter that crashed. Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, First Deputy Minister Yevhen Yenin and State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Yuriy Lubkovich died. The President’s Office said that the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was headed “to one of the hot spots.”
The State Emergency Service assured that the ship’s crew was prepared and had the necessary flight hours. The SBU stated that among the versions of the tragedy: violation of flight rules, technical malfunction of the helicopter and deliberate actions to destroy the vehicle.