World leaders and diplomats react to helicopter crash in Brovary and death of interior ministry leaders

18 January, 03:40 PM
A part of a rotorcraft that fell near the entrance of one of the high-rise buildings in Brovary (Photo:Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)

A part of a rotorcraft that fell near the entrance of one of the high-rise buildings in Brovary (Photo:Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)

World leaders and diplomats of a number of Western countries have sent Kyiv condolences in the wake of the helicopter crash in the town of Brovary near Kyiv on Jan. 18, which took lives of at least 18 people, including the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and three children.

They all expressed their condolences to the families of the victims.

Polish President Andrzej Duda wrote on Twitter that his thoughts are with the families and relatives of the victims today.

“It is with deep sadness that I received information about the helicopter crash in Brovary near Kyiv which left several persons killed, including senior officials of Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior,” he said.

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The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, called the head of the Interior Ministry, Denys Monastyrskyi, who died during the accident, a great friend of the EU.

“We join Ukraine in grief following the tragic helicopter accident in Brovary. Minister Denys Monastyrskyi was a great friend of the EU. We share our deepest condolences with the families of the victims,” Michel said.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he was saddened by the tragic death of Monastyrskyi.

“Our thoughts are with all the victims of this terrible event that happened near the kindergarten, with the children and their families. France expresses its condolences to its Ukrainian friends,” he wrote.

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen wrote on her Twitter that the tragedy in Brovary “struck at the heart of war-torn Ukraine.”

She added that Europe mourns together with Ukrainians.

The UN also expressed condolences to the families of those killed in the crash.

UK Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons said that she was shocked by the tragic death of the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Ukrainian civilians.

“I knew well both Minister Monastyrskyi and his First Deputy Yenin. My sincere condolences to their families and our Ukrainian government partners over this loss,” she said.

U.S. Ambassador Bridget Brink and Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Matti Maasikas also reacted to the tragedy.

“Stunned and saddened by the terrible news from Brovary,” wrote Brink.

“My deepest condolences to the relatives of Minister Monastyrskyi, First Deputy Yenin, as well as to all those killed and injured in the disaster this morning. Our hearts are with the Brovary community and our friends and partners at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.”

Maasikas noted that Monastyrskyi and Yenin were “excellent cooperation partners and friends.” He also expressed his condolences.

As a result of a helicopter crash in the town of Brovary near Kyiv on the morning of Jan. 18, Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, First Deputy Minister Yevhen Yenin and Interior Minister State Secretary Yuriy Lubkovych were killed.

The helicopter fell near a kindergarten and high-rise buildings. Eighteen people died as a result of the accident, three of whom were children. Nine people were on board the helicopter – none survived. Twenty-nine people were injured, including 15 children.

Officially, the cause of the plane crash has not yet been given. Adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko suggested that it could be sabotage, a malfunction of equipment, or a violation of flight safety rules.

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