A helicopter crashed today near a kindergarten and residential buildings in the town of Brovary, Kyiv region: the accident claimed 18 lives, including three children. Among the victims were Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, his deputy Yevhen Yenin and Interior Ministry Secretary Yuriy Lubkovich. According to local media, 9 of the dead were on board the plane, which belongs to the State Emergency Services of Ukraine. According to the head of the regional military administration, Oleksiy Kuleba, 29 people were injured.
The head of the national police, Ihor Klymenko, added that as a result of the accident “22 people were hospitalized, including 10 children. All competent and specialized services are working on site. The accident site is being investigated”.
The governor of the region Oleksiy Kuleba said by telegram that “in the city of Brovary a helicopter crashed near a kindergarten and a residential building.” At the time of the tragedy, children and employees of the institution were in the kindergarten. All were evacuated. Ambulances, police and firefighters are working at the scene of the accident,” Kuleba wrote. According to preliminary information, a fire broke out in the kindergarten.
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WHO WAS THE MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR
Denys Monastyrsky, the Interior Minister who died today on board the helicopter that crashed in Brovary of unknown causes, was a young politician in the Zelenskyi government: born June 12, 1980 in Khmelnytskyi in what was then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, had the Graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Administrative and Legal University of his city and, after obtaining his doctorate in law, began his career as a lawyer, where he also worked as the head of the Faculty of Law at Khmelnytskyi University, an associate professor. Monastyrsky was also a co-founder and board member of the youth culture association “Into the Future through Culture”. Between 2014 and 2019, Monastyrsky was Anton Gerashchenko’s assistant advisor. Ahead of Ukraine’s 2019 presidential election, Monastyrsky was introduced by presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s “team” as an expert on law enforcement reform. As the candidate of the Servant of the People party in the 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary elections, he was elected to the Ukrainian Parliament and became the Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Law Enforcement. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov will resign as interior minister on July 12, 2021, Monastyrsky will take over as head of the ministry.
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