National Police chief Klymenko appointed acting Interior Minister

18 January, 05:27 PM
The head of the National Police, Klymenko, will temporarily perform the duties of the Minister of Internal Affairs (Photo:Ігор Клименко/Facebook)

The head of the National Police, Klymenko, will temporarily perform the duties of the Minister of Internal Affairs (Photo:Ігор Клименко/Facebook)

Ukraine’s government has appointed National Police Chief Ihor Klymenko acting interior minister following the death of Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi in a helicopter crash in Brovary, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal reported on Telegram on Jan. 18.

Shmyhal said that Klymenko had been appointed a deputy minister of the Interior and entrusted with the duties of the Minister of the Interior.

The decision on the candidacy of the new Interior Minister will be made after discussion with the Verkhovna Rada. A corresponding motion will then be submitted to the parliament.

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"The Ministry of Internal Affairs is one of the key links in our country's security, so the necessary protocols are in place to keep all processes manageable," Shmyhal said.

Helicopter crash in Brovary: what is known

A helicopter of the State Emergency Service carrying the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on board crashed in a residential area of Brovary, Kyiv Oblast, on the morning of Jan. 18. It crashed near a kindergarten and an apartment building.

All nine people on board the helicopter were killed – six members of the Interior Ministry's task force, including Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, his deputy Yevhenii Yenin, and the ministry's state secretary, Yuriy Lubkovych, and three crew members.

According to various sources, 14 to 17 people died, including children.

The causes of the crash are currently unknown. The SBU is following three lines of inquiry: violation of flight rules, technical malfunction of the helicopter, and intentional actions to destroy the aircraft.

The State Emergency Service reported that the crashed aircraft was a French-supplied EU-225 Super Puma helicopter (tail number 54), which is often used to transport personnel to emergency scenes.

The crew of the aircraft was trained to perform tasks in difficult conditions and had the required number of hours of flying this particular helicopter, the agency stressed.

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