Fourteen people, including Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, died when their helicopter came down in Brovary around 08:30 local time. The deceased also included the First Deputy Minister and State Secretary from the Interior Ministry.
The occupants also included three children, authorities said.
The head of police in the north-eastern city of Kharkiv, said the ministerial team were on their way to meet him there and he had spoken to them only yesterday.
Authorities are probing was following several possible causes for the crash, including sabotage as well as a technical malfunction or breach of flight rules.
Mr Monastyrsky, who was one of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s longest serving political advisers, is the highest profile Ukrainian casualty since the war began.
The deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office said the leadership was travelling to a ‘war hot spot’ when his helicopter went down.
There is no indication the crash was anything other than an accident, as further investigations are carried out.
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