(CNN Spanish) — Key leaders of Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, including Minister Denis Mobnastyrsky, They died this Wednesday It is not yet clear whether the helicopter they were traveling in crashed in the Kyiv area.
Death toll from plane crash near kindergarten Amount is 14including 4 children, according to Kyrillo Tymoshenko, the country’s deputy head of the presidential administration.
This is the first time that high-ranking officials of the Ukrainian government have died under strange circumstances The beginning of the war After the invasion of Russia on February 24, 2022.
This is what we know about the helicopter crash.
What happened where
A Eurocopter EC225 “Super Puma” helicopter, according to Confident A CNN producer fell to the ground after spotting remnants of flight manuals in the wreckage 8:20 a.m. local time (1:20 a.m. ET) Near a kindergarten and a residential building in the city of Brovary, a suburb of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.
A CNN team in the Kiev region noticed A gray sky and very little visibility.
In a helicopter Nine people traveledAmong them are Interior Minister Denis Monastyrskyi, First Deputy Minister Yevheni Yenin and Foreign Secretary Yuri Lubkovichis, confirmed by Anton Gerachenko, the ministry’s adviser on social networks.
Serhiy Kruk, Head of the State Emergency Service, Named Some of the team members include Oleksandr Vasylenko, Kostiantyn Kovalenko, Ivan Kasyanov.
Officials were en route to the northeastern city of Kharkiv when the helicopter went down.
How many victims are there?
All aboard the helicopter died. Agree with officers.
Many people including 4 children died where the helicopter fell. Latest death toll 14, after officials adjusted the numbers downward on two occasions. People died “while bringing their children to kindergarten,” Tymoshenko said.
However, the death toll may rise.
Oleksiy Kuleba, head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, spoke with Tymoshenko at the scene. said He told reporters, “Currently there is no information on the number of missing children. Identification is in progress. Parents arrive, lists are compiled.
There is, moreover, At least 30 people were injured 25 of them are in hospital (including 11 children).
127 people and 30 vehicles are involved in the rescue operation. According to A telegram message from emergency services.
What do we know about the circumstances of the Fall?
It is not yet clear why the helicopter fell to the ground, and no authorities have yet suggested Possible military action on the part of Russia.
The Kyiv region is not currently under a direct blockade by Russian forces, although the capital continues to be subject to occasional shelling by naval and ballistic missiles.
Security Service of Ukraine (SBU, its abbreviation in English) the beginning Facebook said that an initial investigation into the incident and “multiple versions of the tragedy are being considered”, including “violation of flight rules, technical malfunction of the helicopter, planned actions to destroy the helicopter”.
Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, said Ukraine’s security services ordered to “find out all the circumstances” in a statement that called it a “terrible tragedy”.
Zelensky called the officials “the true patriots of Ukraine. May they rest in peace! May all those who lost their lives on this black morning rest in peace!”
Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Abandoned The late minister paid tribute to Monastirski and said he was “the best friend of the EU”. Michael tweeted that the EU “joins Ukraine in mourning following the tragic helicopter crash in February”.
With information from Maria Kostenko, Sophie Dano and Brent Swailes.