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Photos show emotional Zelenskyy as he honours senior officials killed in helicopter crash

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zeleskyy was overcome with emotion as he met the families of those who were killed in a helicopter accident in a Kyiv suburb this week.

The solemn service was held in Kyiv. Mr Zelenskyy, his wife Olena Zelenska and his first lady Olena Zelenska laid flowers on seven coffins that were draped with the blue and yellow flags of Ukraine. They also spoke to relatives.

The helicopter carrying Denys Monastyrskyi, the interior minister, and the rest of his ministry’s leadership crashed close to a Brovary nursery school on Wednesday.

A total of twelve people were killed in the disaster, including a child who was on the ground. This tragedy added another dimension to the nation’s grief over the deaths of tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians in the conflict with Russia.

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Monastyrskyi was the head of the country’s emergency and police services. He is the highest ranking official to have been killed since Russia invaded Ukraine.

At the service, President Zelenskyy was visibly emotional as he spoke briefly to the families of the seven victims and a small orchestra performed.

Although no official confirmation has been made about the cause of the crash, Mr Zelenskyy stated earlier this week that the incident was caused by war. Ruslan Stefanchuk (chairman of Ukraine’s parliament), repeated the view after the service.

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“All of this wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the terrible and undeclared Russian Federation war against Ukraine,” Mr Stefanchuk stated.

Image Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and Olena Zelenska, the first lady, attend a memorial

“We must therefore remember this and not forget about these people. Every Ukrainian and Ukrainian life lost is a tragedy.

According to an assessment made by the Ministry of Defence of the UK, Russia’s war against Ukraine is nearing its end of the 11th month.

According to the report, Ukrainian forces are making small gains in northeastern Russia, near the town Kreminna. However, the Russian military appears to have “likely been reconstituting in Soledar in eastern Ukraine,” which it did earlier in the week.

The ministry stated in its regular update that there is “a real possibility of Russian advances” around Bakhmut. This eastern city would allow the Kremlin to win a long-awaited victory, after months of defeats.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko today stated that fierce battles for Bakhmut had been raging, and that three civilians were killed in Russian shelling in the eastern Donetsk area.

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