On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, in the city of Brovary, Kyiv region, a terrible tragedy happened—a helicopter carrying the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs crashed. Denys Monastyrskyi, the minister of internal affairs, his first deputy, and the ministry's state secretary, died. The European Commission extended its deepest condolences in a message posted by its press service.
"News of the death of Denys Monastyrsky, Yevhen Yenin, and Yurii Lubkovich has shocked me deeply. My condolences to the families of all the victims of this tragedy. Denys is a true Ukrainian hero—over the last year leading with bravery and stoicism. He was my friend. Working with him this past year was an honor. The EU’s Home Affairs community and Interior Affairs Ministries in all 27 capitals will feel this loss greatly. We will continue our work helping Ukrainians and helping Ukraine, in Denys’ memory," wrote EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson.
Moreover, many other public figures expressed their condolences.
Thus, the Ukrainian ex-ambassador to Germany, Andrii Melnyk, commented on the tragedy on Twitter.
"When will this danse macabre of death in Ukraine stop? Today I lost my best friend Yevhen Yenin, Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Interior. He died in a helicopter crash near Kyiv. Like other 17 innocent victims. My condolences to his wife Liudmyla and their kids. RIP, MY DEAR FRIEND," he wrote.
Ursula von der Leyen posted a message on her Twitter account.
"Tragedy strikes at the heart of war-torn Ukraine. I express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the entire country following the helicopter crash at Brovary," the President of the European Commission wrote.
Charles Michel, President of the European Council, also joined the worldwide mourning.
President of Poland Andrzej Duda didn't stand aside either.
"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. My thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims," he wrote.
Gabrielius Landsbergis, a Lithuanian politician, extended his deepest condolences to the families of Denys Monastyrsky and the other victims.
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas tweeted:
"Just heard about the helicopter crash in Ukraine. Deepest condolences to Denys Shmyhal, the Ukrainian people and victims' families. Estonia mourns with you. Yet another tragic reminder of the incredibly heavy price Ukraine is paying during its freedom fight against Russia."
The British Ambassador to Ukraine also extended her condolences.
"Shocked at the tragic death of the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, as well as civilians, following a helicopter crash in Brovary. I knew well both Minister Monastyrsky and his First Deputy Yenin. My sincere condolences to their families and our Ukrainian government partners over this loss," Melinda Simmons wrote.
On the morning of January 18, a helicopter fell in the city of Brovary. As a result, a fire started at the crash site. People were evacuated. According to the latest official information, 14 people died, including one child. Nine of the victims were on board the helicopters. 22 injured people were hospitalized, including 10 children.