At the very least 15 folks, together with Ukraine’s inside minister, have been killed after a helicopter crashed in a suburb of the capital, Kyiv, based on Ukrainian emergency companies.
Three youngsters have been among the many useless and greater than 20 others wounded in Wednesday’s incident have been being handled in hospital, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) mentioned. An area official had earlier put the demise toll at 18.
There was no fast official assertion on the reason for the crash. Russia, which invaded Ukraine almost 11 months in the past, has but to remark.
Here’s what we all know to date:
The place did the helicopter crash?
The helicopter got here down at about 8:20am native time (06:20 GMT) close to a nursery and residential constructing within the city of Brovary, on the Ukrainian capital’s northeastern outskirts.
Movies shared on social media confirmed a burning constructing on the purported location the place the helicopter got here down. Individuals may very well be heard screaming within the footage.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential workplace, mentioned the helicopter – which belonged to Ukraine’s emergency companies – was flying in the direction of frontline positions within the nation’s east when it crashed.
How many individuals have been killed?
The SESU mentioned in a Fb publish that 9 folks had been on board the helicopter in whole. It was not instantly clear if any of the passengers had survived.
In whole, 15 folks have been confirmed to have been killed as of 11:00am native time (09:00 GMT), the SESU mentioned. The demise toll included three youngsters, it added.
An extra 25 folks, together with 15 adults and 10 youngsters, have been hospitalised with wounds sustained within the incident, the SESU mentioned.
Earlier, Oleksiy Kuleba, the governor of Kyiv area, had mentioned 18 folks have been killed within the crash.
Who was on board?
Ukrainian Inside Minister Denys Monastyrskyy, his deputy Yevhen Yenin and State Secretary of the Ministry of Inside Affairs Yurii Lubkovych have been amongst thosetravelling on the helicopter.
All three have been killed within the crash, based on Ukraine’s nationwide police chief Ihor Klymenko.
Monastyrskyy was answerable for the Ukrainian police and different emergency companies.
What prompted the crash?
It was not instantly clear what had prompted the helicopter to return down.
Ukrainian officers didn’t present a right away explanationand made no reference to any Russian assault within the space on the time.
Ukraine’s prosecutor normal, Andriy Kostin, mentioned authorities had launched an investigation into the incident.
“For now, we’re contemplating all attainable variations of the helicopter crash accident,” Kostin mentioned in a publish on the Telegram messaging app.
There was no fast remark from Russia.
What has been the response?
Ukrainian officers lamented the demise toll from Wednesday’s incident, which got here simply 4 days after a Russian missile strike on an house constructing within the central metropolis of Dnipro killed 45 civilians, together with six youngsters.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned the helicopter crash was a “horrible tragedy” that had prompted “unspeakable” ache.
“I’ve instructed the Safety Service of Ukraine, in cooperation with the Nationwide Police of Ukraine and different authorised our bodies, to seek out out all of the circumstances of what occurred,” Zelenskyy mentioned in a publish on the Telegram messaging app, hailing the inside ministry management group who misplaced their lives as “true patriots” of Ukraine,
Prime Minister Denys Shmygal echoed Zelenskyy’s message and described the demise of Monastyrskyy as a “nice loss” for Ukraine’s authorities.
“My honest condolences to the households of all of the victims,” Shmygal mentioned in a Telegram publish.
Chatting with Al Jazeera, Finland’s Overseas Minister Pekka Haavisto additionally known as the crash “a really tragic occasion”.
“It’s a really unhappy day,” he mentioned on the sidelines of the World Financial Discussion board. “Youngsters are [also] concerned on this accident and are in intensive care, so this can be a very dramatic occasion.”