LIVE. War in Ukraine: at least 18 killed in helicopter crash, Zelensky laments “terrible tragedy”
In Russia, 4 arrests near the memorial to the victims of Ukraine
Moscow police arrested 4 people near a memorial for the victims of the bombing of a building in Dnipro, Ukraine, which killed at least 45 people, according to a specialized NGO. “Police arrested two people laying flowers, the other two were just nearby,” said the NGO OVD-Info. In recent days, anonymous people have placed flowers and photos of destroyed buildings at the foot of a statue of Ukrainian poet Lessia Oukrainka in Moscow, setting up a makeshift memorial to the victims of the Dnipro.
Zelensky regrets the “terrible tragedy”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described Telegram as a “terrible tragedy”. “The pain is unspeakable. The helicopter crashed near the kindergarten. I have instructed the Security Service of Ukraine, in collaboration with the national police, to explain what happened,” he commented, sending his “condolences to all the families and friends of the victims”. “May they rest in peace!” May all those whose lives were taken this morning this dark rest in peace!”, he continued.
Debris from the crash is analyzed
Rescue operations are still underway at the helicopter crash site, the governor of the Kyiv region Oleksyi Kuleba said on Telegram. “Debris analysis is ongoing. The children are elsewhere and the state of the disaster is currently being investigated,” he said on Telegram.
“EU good friend”
The Minister of Home Affairs wants to come forward
Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, who died in a helicopter crash, was initially on his way to the front, the Ukrainian presidency said. “The purpose of this flight (to go) to one of the hot spots in our country where fighting is taking place. The interior minister is on his way there,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the presidential cabinet, told Ukrainian television.
“Children and employees” near the school at the time of the accident
The accident occurred in Brovary, a city of about 100,000 people bordering Kyiv’s eastern suburbs. Significant fighting was fought between the Ukrainians and the Russians there as troops from Moscow tried to force a lock on the capital in the first weeks of their invasion. At the time of the tragedy, “children and employees” from a kindergarten located near the crash site were at the scene, said the governor of the region, Oleksiï Kouleba.
“Big loss for the entire state”
The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Chmyhal, reacts after the announcement of the death of one of his ministers in a helicopter crash. “At least 18 people died as a result of this accident. Among them, Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs Denys Monastyrsky, his first deputy Yevgeny Ienin and State Secretary of the Ministry Yuriy Lubkovych”, he complained, referring to the “huge loss to the government team and the whole country”. on Telegram.
First condolences from Estonia
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas offered condolences after the announcement of the helicopter crash in Brovary, near Kyiv, which killed at least 18 people including Ukraine’s Interior Minister. “This is another tragic reminder of the terrible price Ukraine paid to maintain its independence from Russia,” he tweeted.
Emergency team on site
The death toll in helicopter crashes continues to grow
The governor of the Kyiv region, Oleksiy Kuleba, has now indicated that three children died in a helicopter crash in Brovary. “The number of victims is increasing. By 10:30 am – 18 dead, including three children. Some 29 people are known to have been injured, including 15 children. All necessary assistance was provided to the victims. All emergency services are on site,” he said on Telegram.
At least 17 have died in helicopter crashes according to the latest reports
The helicopter that crashed in Brovary, near Kyiv, killed “at least 17 people”, including two children, said the head of the Kyiv regional military administration, Oleksiy Kuleba, on Telegram. “Rescue operations continue at the site (…). There are twenty-two people in the hospital, ten of whom are children,” he added.
The helicopter belonged to Ukraine’s emergency services, according to local channels
According to Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne, the helicopter that crashed belonged to Ukraine’s state emergency services, information that has not been officially confirmed at this time.
The interior minister died in an accident, police said
Ukraine’s Interior Minister died in a helicopter crash near Kyiv, local police said “We have information about 16 people killed including two children,” police said in a statement. Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, his first deputy and other senior ministry officials on board were also killed, the statement said.
16 died including two children after the helicopter crash
The helicopter crashed in the Kyiv region
A helicopter crashed near a school in the Kyiv region, local authorities announced. The victims must be regretted, according to the latter, without a proper assessment has not been communicated. “In the town of Brovary (eastern suburb of Kyiv), a helicopter crashed near a kindergarten and an apartment building (…) There were victims, ”Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Telegram. “Ambulances, police and firefighters are working at the crash site,” he added.
Germany’s new defense minister to cut aid to Ukraine
File looks sensitive. Germany has found itself a new defense minister, Boris Pistorius, a seasoned regional politician who is making his government debut in a highly publicized position as the country is under pressure to provide Ukraine with more heavy weapons and tanks. A key meeting of Western defense ministers, across the United States, will be held Friday in Germany.
Finland vows to support Ukraine “as long as necessary”
Finland in turn said it was ready to support Ukraine “as long as necessary”. “I think the only message we need to send is that we will support Ukraine for as long as it takes. One year, two years, five years, 10 years, 15 years,” said Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin at the Davos Economic Forum. By 2022, the Finnish government has spent 300 million euros to support Ukraine, including around 190 million euros for defense equipment.
Tribute to the victims of the Dnipro strike
The Netherlands wants to provide defense systems to Ukraine
The Netherlands in turn wants to help Ukraine militarily. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced his “intention” to help Kyiv equip itself with Patriot air defense systems during a visit to Washington. “We intend to partner with what you did with Germany on the Patriot project,” he said during an interview with US President Joe Biden, indicating that he had also exchanged views with Chancellor Olaf Scholz “this morning” on the matter.
Brussels is considering the international prosecutor’s office
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Monday in The Hague, seat of the International Criminal Court (ICC), also called for a “new format” of the court to “bring Russian leaders to justice”.
On the Dnipro, the final tribute to a beloved and respected boxing trainer
They numbered in the hundreds Tuesday in Dnipro to pay their last respects to Mykhaylo Korenovsky, a Ukrainian boxing trainer who was killed Saturday in his building destroyed by a Russian missile. “I will remember him as an open and honest person, always ready to help,” testified Artem Birioukov, one of his students, during the farewell ceremony. Many bouquets lay there, including blue and yellow wreaths, the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
Bakhmout is still under the bomb
“The enemy is concentrating its efforts mainly on offensive operations in Bakhmout. The offensive of the occupying forces on Avdiivka was unsuccessful,” the Ukrainian general staff said late on Tuesday, reporting heavy Russian bombardment of the Donetsk region. “That’s Verdun over there,” said Ivan, a Ukrainian military paramedic, referring to the horrific First World War battles between the French and Germans in eastern France.
Helping Ukraine, a “moral imperative”, according to London
British Foreign Secretary James shrewdly justified sending tanks to Ukraine to help it ‘push’ Russia in the east and south of the country, while the US hinted that new US military aid was in sight. “The message we are sending (to Russian President Vladimir) Putin (…) is that we are committed to defending Ukraine until they win,” he said on a trip to Washington speaking of a “moral imperative”.
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