Ukraine's interior minister and his deputy were among at least 17 people killed after a helicopter crashed in a Kyiv suburb on Wednesday.
The helicopter went down in Brovary on the eastern outskirts of Kyiv, setting fire to a nursery, killing four children and all nine people on board. Other victims suffered serious injuries and burns from the crash.
In Kyiv this morning. Tragic helicopter crash killing Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denys Monastyrskyy, his Deputy Yevhen Yenin, and ministry’s state secretary Yurii Lubkovych. Helicopter fell near Kindergarten killing 3 children + injuring 29 people too #ukraine 👇 pic.twitter.com/xxsKNbggJr— Brooks Newmark 🌻 🇺🇦 (@BrooksNewmark) January 18, 2023
“We saw wounded people, we saw children. There was a lot of fog here, everything was strewn all around. We could hear screams, we ran towards them,” a local resident said.
“We took the children and passed them over the fence, away from the nursery as it was on fire, especially the second floor.”
The death toll in Ukraine has been at an exponential rate ever since the Russia invasion in Feb. 2022. While there may be no correlation between this incident and the war with Russia, the Ukranian authorities have launched an investigation.
The rest of the world mourns with Ukraine.
Very sad to hear of the loss of Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyy, members of his team and civilians.— Mélanie Joly (@melaniejoly) January 18, 2023
Denys was a champion of Ukraine and embodied the country’s strength and resilience. We will continue to support their fight for freedom for as long as it takes.
The New York Times reflected on his deeds and his role for his country during the war.
As Ukraine’s minister for internal affairs, Denys Monastyrsky oversaw the country’s police, its national guard and border patrol units including tens of thousands of combatants who have fought in the war. https://t.co/SrohEXUGd0— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) January 18, 2023
Countries have shown solidarity.
Canada will hand over 200 Armored Senator APCs to Ukraine, – Minister of Defense Anita Anand reported. Eight were already donated and actively used by KRAKEN units. pic.twitter.com/s4l3UxFJnU— NOËL 🇪🇺 🇺🇦 (@NOELreports) January 18, 2023
A Canada government official tweeted she would visit Kyiv to “reaffirm Canada's unwavering solidarity.”
Today, I’m visiting Kyiv to reaffirm Canada’s unwavering solidarity with the Ukrainian people. This morning, I met with Ukraine’s Defence Minister @OleksiiReznikov and I outlined the next steps of our military assistance to Ukraine.— Anita Anand (@AnitaAnandMP) January 18, 2023
Latvia is also throwing their support.
Latvia will again send Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems, helicopters, machine guns with ammunition and drones to Ukraine, – Defense Minister Inara Murniece. pic.twitter.com/IwZeyMbBkc— TïmeTeamFella✙ (@RasReload) January 18, 2023
Poland is waiting for allies to declare how many Leopard tanks they can provide:
BREAKING:— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) January 18, 2023
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirms that Poland has earmarked 14 Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine.
He said Poland is now waiting for Germany, Finland, Denmark and other Western allies to declare how many Leopard tanks they can provide. pic.twitter.com/SyE6GLZgPW
@UraneJohn said, “Australia's hawkish Defence Minister Richard Marles has not invested a solitary cent,” and “the war will only end with both parties sitting civilly at a table!”
Australia's hawkish Defence Minister Richard Marles has not invested a solitary cent in sending bipartisan peace seeking envoys with a view to negotiate an end to the horrendous masacre of humanity in Ukraine. The war will only end with both parties sitting civilly at a table! pic.twitter.com/pS8zSUzPxW— John Urane (@UraneJohn) January 18, 2023
@PelmeniPusha replied to a conspiracy that Russia is behind the crash.
Ukraine: more than likely shoots down their own helicopter with the Minister of Internal Affairs on board with an AD.— Donbass Devushka (@PeImeniPusha) January 18, 2023
Miss Genocide 2023: pic.twitter.com/RmxPJnK8Zm
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