Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskiy, his deputy and at least three children were among 18 people who were killed on Wednesday after a helicopter carrying the minister crashed into a kindergarten near Kyiv—it’s the latest tragedy to strike Ukraine just days after a Russian attack on an apartment in Dnipro left at least 40 people dead.
In a statement on Telegram, Ukraine’s parliament said cabinet member Monastyrsky, his deputy minister Yevhen Yenin and state secretary Yurii Lubkovich were among the dead.
Nine people were onboard the helicopter when it crashed in the town of Brovary, located on the outskirts of Kyiv, the region’s governor Oleksiy Kuleba announced on Telegram.
At least 29 people were injured in the crash, including 15 children, and rescue operations at the site are still ongoing, Kuleba added.
A cause for the helicopter crash has not yet been established.
This is a developing story.