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Ukraine Revises Death Toll in Helicopter Crash to 14, Including One Child

Ukraine’s interior minister Denys Monastyrsky was with eight others in the helicopter.

The Ukrainian state emergency services on Wednesday revised down the death toll in a helicopter crash in the town of Brovary outside Kyiv to 14 people, including one child.

The deputy head of the president’s office published the same information. Ukrainian government agencies had earlier published higher death tolls and had last reported that 17 people had died, including four children.

Ukraine’s interior minister Denys Monastyrsky was with eight others in the helicopter.

His first deputy minister and the state secretary also died, officials said, when the helicopter came down in the suburb of Brovary.

National police chief Ihor Klymenko wrote on Facebook that the helicopter belonged to Ukraine’s state emergency service.

After the crash a fire broke out close to the kindergarten and children and staff were moved from the building. Wreckage from the helicopter was visible outside a burning building.

It was dark and foggy at the time of the crash and initial reports suggest the helicopter hit the kindergarten before crashing close to a residential building.

Two other senior figures from the interior ministry were killed alongside Mr Monastyrsky. Yevgeny Yenin was first deputy minister while Yuriy Lubkovich was state secretary.

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