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Ukraine interior minister among 16 dead in helicopter crash

Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 18, 2022. (EFREM LUKATSKY / AP)

KIEV — A helicopter crashed near Kiev on Wednesday morning, killing at least 16 people, including Ukraine's Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky. 

The crash in Brovary, a town in the suburbs of Kiev, also killed Monastyrsky's deputy, Yevhen Yenin, while injuring 30 others, said the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

Earlier, officials gave an initial death toll of 18.

Monastyrsky, Yenin, State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Yuriy Lubkovych, and six other people were on board the crashed helicopter, it said.