3 High Profile Ukraine Ministers Killed In Helicopter Crash

Transportation helicopters already take substantial risks to avoid being detected or hit by Russian airpower, including the habit of operating at tree-level. Despite this, 3 high profile Ukraine ministers have been killed in helicopter crash.

3 High Profile Ukraine Ministers Killed In Helicopter Crash

The country’s greatest aircraft tragedy since the start of the war has claimed the lives of three senior government officials, including the interior minister of Ukraine. Given that it crashed close to a kindergarten in the Kyiv region, 16 individuals in all perished, including three children and four additional onlookers on the ground.

On Wednesday, the crash occurred in the city of Brovery. In addition to the fatalities, at least 30 people were injured and hospitalized, including 12 children. According to government authorities, the victims were Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky, First Deputy Minister Yevheniy Yenin, and State Secretary Yuriy Lubkovychis. Monastyrsky’s death is the most prominent Ukrainian casualty since Russia’s incursion began.

The chopper had nine passengers, six of them were ministry officials being piloted by three crew members. There were no survivors. The huge helicopter crashed into a town neighborhood, killing seven people.

According to international reporters on the scene, there was unusually low visibility and gray skies, which could explain why the Eurocopter EC225 “Super Puma” crashed.

“At the time of the tragedy, there were children and the staff in the kindergarten. At the moment, everyone was evacuated,” Oleksiy Kuleba, head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, described on Telegram.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the incident “a terrible tragedy,” and requested an active inquiry “to find out all the circumstances”.

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Example of a Eurocopter EC225 “Super Puma” in operation, typically used for transport and emergency response missions.

At this point, multiple international news sites are reporting that no proof has emerged indicating anything other than an accident, however as the BBC reports:

But the SBU state security service said it was following several possible causes for the crash, which included sabotage as well as a technical malfunction or breach of flight rules.

Mr Monastyrsky, who was one of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s oldest political advisers, is the highest profile Ukrainian casualty since the war began.


The deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said the minister had been en route to a war “hot spot” when his helicopter went down.

Even though an end to the conflict appears distant, Ukraine’s forces aim to rotate this winter, when violence is expected to slow. Ukraine has launched a new psychological op to defeat Putin.

Such transportation helicopters already take substantial risks to avoid being detected or hit by Russian airpower, including the habit of operating at tree-level. There is also the issue of a shortage of standard building and street lights as a result of widespread power outages.

“It was very foggy and there was no electricity, and when there’s no electricity there are no lights on the buildings,” one local resident told the BBC.

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