On Wednesday morning 18 people were killed in a helicopter crash in Kyiv which included Minister Denys Monastyrskyi and First Deputy Minister Yevhen Yenin.
Huge plumes of smoke filled the sky in Brovary in the northeast of Kyiv and three children were also killed.
Kyiv regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba said in total 29 people were hurt, including 15 children who were at a nursery.
Kuleba added, “At the time of the tragedy, children and staff of the institution were in the kindergarten.
“Everyone has now been evacuated.”
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his officials were “true patriots of Ukraine.”
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He added, “As of this minute, three children died. It is an indescribable pain.”
Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, said, “Minister of Internal Affairs Denys Monastyrskyi, his 1st deputy Yevhen Yenin and Ministry’s state secretary Yurii Lubkovych died today in Kyiv region.
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“My colleagues, my friends. What a tragic loss. Deepest condolences to their families.”
UK foreign secretary James Cleverly tweeted, “Denys was a true friend of the UK. We are ready to support Ukraine in whatever way we can.”