Helicopter crash near Kyiv kills 18, including Ukrainian interior minister

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A helicopter crashed in Brovary, east of Kyiv, killing 18 people, including Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, his first deputy Yevhen Yenin, and state secretary Yurii Lubkovych. 

The incident occurred on January 18, 2022, and was reported by National Police Chief Ihor Klymenko. Nine people were on board the aircraft.  

While the exact model is currently unknown, the helicopter reportedly belonged to the State Emergency Service. A video showing part of the wreckage suggests it may have been an H225 Super Puma. 

The helicopter crashed next to a kindergarten and caught on fire. At least three children are among the victims. 

Whether the helicopter was shot down or not is unclear at this point. 

UPDATE 01-18-2023, 13:00(UTC +3): The State Emergency Service of Ukraine confirmed in a statement that the affected helicopter was the ES-225 (or H225) helicopter hull number 54. It crashed into a 14-story residential building.  

The nine people on board were six members of the operational team of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and three State Emergency Service crewmembers.  

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