BREAKING | Sixteen people, including Ukraine’s Interior Minister, were killed in a helicopter crash near Kyiv

Sixteen people including two children and the Ukrainian interior minister Denis Monastyrsky have died in a helicopter crash in eastern Kyiv, police said.

The helicopter came down near a kindergarten in Brovary, a suburb of the capital, early on Wednesday.

“In the city of Brovary, a helicopter fell near a kindergarten and a residential building,” the head of the Kyiv regional administration, Oleksiy Kuleba, said on Telegram.

“At the time of the tragedy, children and employees were in the kindergarten,” he added. “There are casualties.”

He said that medics and police were working at the scene.

A police spokesperson said 22 people were injured in the crash. Police said Ukraine’s interior minister Denys Monastyrsky and other officials are among the dead.

The town of Brovary is located some 20km northeast of Kyiv.

Russian and Ukrainian forces fought for control of Brovary in the early stages of Moscow’s invasion until Russia’s troops withdrew in early April.

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