Ukraine, latest news: helicopter crashes on a kindergarten, the Interior Minister among the victims

Elizabeth Smith

This morning the governor of the Kiev region in Ukraine disclosed the dramatic incident. A helicopter crashed on the ground, specifically in the town of Brovary and not far from a kindergarten.

The aircraft was from the Ukrainian State Emergency Services. On board were senior Interior Ministry officials. Losing their lives in the crash were Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, his deputy Yevhen Yenin, and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Ukraine, helicopter crashes on a kindergarten in Brovary

“In the city of Brovary, a helicopter crashed near a kindergarten and a residential building, there are casualties.” This was the message from Oleksiy Kuleba, governor of the Kiev region.

At the moment the Police Forces have confirmed 18 victims, of these 9 were passengers of the crashed helicopter and the others unfortunate bystanders. The aircraft crashed in the town center near a kindergarten, which was immediately evacuated by firefighters due to the outbreak of a fire.

“Twenty-two people are in hospital, ten of whom are children. All rescue and emergency services are working at the scene. Inspection of the scene is still ongoing,” added the police chief who is coordinating the operations.

Confirmed are the death of Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, his deputy Yevhen Yenin, and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Ukraine, residential building massacre in Dnipro

Only a few days ago, a residential area in the city of Dnipro was hit by a missile attack. A civilian building was destroyed. In recent hours, the death toll has risen to 44 dead, including 5 children, and 74 injured.

According to rescue workers, the attack destroyed more than 200 apartments. “We will identify and prosecute those responsible for the Dnipro massacre”, promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Kiev announced that it had identified the names of six members of the Russian military involved in the attack for which Moscow denies responsibility.

Ukraine at the World Economic Forum, the speech of the First Lady Olena Zelenska

“This war can go on and make the crisis worse if we don’t stop Russia”. These the words of the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, in her speech at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos.

Greeted by warm applause, Zelenska addressed delegates in Ukrainian with dramatic words:

“We are facing the collapse of the world as we know it. In what world are we in where tanks can hit nuclear power plants? What happens to inflation when state borders begin to collapse? And what happens to the cost of living when tens of millions of people are forced to flee starvation and become refugees?”

Addressing the audience in attendance, Zelenska also said:

“You are all united by the fact that you are really influential people. But not all of you are using this influence, or sometimes you are using it in a way that is even more divisive.”

She then announced that she had delivered letters from her husband to several leaders present at Davos, including Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. President Zelensky himself will hold a speech remotely via videoconference in the next hours.

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