Tragedy in Kyiv: 16 Killed in Helicopter Crash, Including Interior Affairs Minister

1: on tuesday, a helicopter crash in kyiv, ukraine has left sixteen people dead, including two children. among the dead are denys monastyrsky, ukraine’s interior affairs minister, his first deputy minister, and the state secretary. the helicopter was part of ukraine’s state emergency service, and a fire broke out close to the kindergarten, prompting the relocation of children and staff from the building.

2: the crash occurred in the suburb of brovary and took place in the dark and foggy conditions. twenty-two people have been taken to hospital, including the ten children. the helicopter was carrying eight people.

3: initial reports suggest the helicopter hit the kindergarten before crashing close to a residential building. the cause of the crash is still under investigation, and more details will be released shortly. those interested in receiving updates on the story can download the bbc news app on their smartphones or tablets, or follow @bbcbreaking on twitter.

By Evey Lovelace

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