Themacforums – Russia’s War in Ukraine. Denys Monastyrskyy, the interior minister of Ukraine, is one of the 18 people killed in a helicopter accident west of Kyiv. At least three children and two important government figures, state secretary Yurii Lubkovich and Monastyrskyy’s deputy Yevhen Yenin perished in the catastrophe.

Following the crash near Brovary, emergency personnel is working to rescue children and staff. In the meantime, Ukraine has received promises for additional Patriot defense missiles and is one step closer to getting approval for contemporary battle tanks built in Germany.

On Wednesday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is scheduled to deliver a video address to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

According to the council president, the Ukrainian minister who died in the helicopter crash was “a tremendous friend of the EU.”

Denis Monastyrskyy, the interior minister of Ukraine who perished in the Brovary chopper accident, was “a tremendous friend of the EU,” according to Charles Michel, the head of the European Council.

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In a tweet posted on Wednesday, Michel stated that the European Union “joins Ukraine near sadness following the horrific helicopter accident in Brovary.”

“Denys Monastyrsky, a minister, was a close ally of the EU. We extend our sincere sympathies to the victims’ families as well as to President Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Shmyhal, and the people of Ukraine “Tweeted Michel, it said.

According to Ukrainian Emergency Services, the Brovary helicopter disaster was handled by 127 personnel and 30 vehicles.

The Brovary helicopter crash, which claimed the lives of 18 individuals including the interior minister of Ukraine, has been briefly summarized by the Ukrainian Emergency Services.

According to a Telegram post from the Emergency Services, the helicopter crashed around 8.20 a.m. local time (1.20 a.m. ET), “destroying a pre-school facility building with subsequent fire, the windows in a fourteen-story residential structure, and three cars.”

The resulting fire was “limited to an area of 500 square meters” by 9.06 a.m. local time, and by 9.26 a.m. it was put out, according to the post.

The emergency services are contributing 127 persons and 30 vehicles to the rescue operation, it continued.

Before the helicopter crash, the interior minister of Ukraine and his colleagues were traveling to the Kharkiv region.

According to the chief of the Kharkiv Regional Police, representatives from the Ukrainian Interior Ministry were en route to Kharkiv when their helicopter crashed this morning.

Volodymyr Tymoshko posted on Facebook, “Today I was meant to welcome, to shake hands with, to meet… not only the leaders, no, but friends whom I respected and awaited.”

He continued, “Today I spoke with everyone that was on board and drove out to meet them.

Tymoshenko said, calling their passing “a terrible loss.”

The helicopter crashed at Brovary, which is east of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, and Kharkiv is in northeastern Ukraine.

Ukraine reduces the number of wounded from the helicopter crash to 16

The number of fatalities in the Brovary helicopter disaster has been lowered by Ukrainian authorities from 18 to 16.

According to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration, three children were among the 16 victims.

The disaster claimed the lives of all nine aboard the helicopter, including six employees of the Interior Ministry and three crew members. Seven other persons perished.

Thirty individuals, including 12 children, are hospitalized, according to Tymoshenko. The search and rescue effort is still going on, he added.

Oleksandr Vasylenko, Kostiantyn Kovalenko, and Ivan Kasyanov were the members of the crew, according to Serhiy Kruk, head of the State Emergency Service.