KYIV: The leadership of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry have died in a helicopter crash in a suburb of the capital Kyiv on Wednesday.
“This morning, on January 18, a helicopter of the State Emergency Service crashed in Brovary. As a result of the crash, the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs died: the minister, the first deputy minister and the state secretary,” the head of the National Police of Ukraine Ihor Klymenko said on Facebook.
The helicopter fell near a kindergarten and a residential building in Brovary with the cause of the crash being investigated.
Initially Klymenko said that 18 people had died, including three children, with nine of the fatalities on board the helicopter when it crashed. The death toll number has since been revised down to 17 by Ukraine’s emergency services but now includes four children.
In other news, Russian President Vladimir Putin could be ready to announce another mobilization round as Russia looks to beef up its armed forces in Ukraine. “Putin may announce a second mobilization wave to expand his army in the coming days possibly as early as January 18,” analysts at the Institute for the Study of War said Tuesday.
Ukrainian intelligence officials said last week they believed Russia was preparing for a second wave of mobilization.
Ukraine’s National Police released footage showing the aftermath of a helicopter crash in Brovary, on the outskirts of Kyiv.
At least 17 people were killed in the incident, including Ukraine’s interior minister and two of his colleagues as well as the six others in the helicopter and four children.
The incident took place near a kindergarten and within a residential area. An investigation into the cause has started. The footage below shows the destruction caused by the crash that some viewers might find distressing. (Int’l Monitoring Desk)