Helicopter crashes in Ukrainian kindergarten: Search for injured people is ongoing

Kindergarten fireball horror as a Ukrainian government helicopter crashes next to a kindergarten full of children outside of Kyiv, with multiple casualties

  • Videos shared on social media showed a burning building in the town of Brovary
  • Officials said a helicopter crashed on a kindergarten, causing injuries
  • There are fears that children were still inside the burning building

A Ukrainian government helicopter landed next to a kindergarten full of children outside Kyiv this morning, with officials saying there were several casualties.

The plane landed in the Ukrainian city of Brovary, northeast of the capital, on Wednesday morning. Rescuers rushed to the scene of the crime.

“In the city of Brovary, a helicopter crashed near a kindergarten and an apartment building,” said the head of the Kyiv regional administration Oleksiy Kuleba. He added: “At the time of this tragedy, children and … staff were in the daycare. Now everyone is evacuated. There are casualties.’

A presidential aide said the victims were being screened amid fears there were children inside the burning building. According to initial reports, there have been at least three deaths and some children have been evacuated.

Videos shared on social media showed a building on fire and people could be heard screaming. The flames were found to have spread over a large area.

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A plane crashed into a building in the Ukrainian city of Brovary near Kyiv on Wednesday, and rescue workers rushed to the scene of the accident. Videos shared on social media showed a building on fire and said an object resembling a helicopter or drone had crashed into a child's room

A plane crashed into a building in the Ukrainian city of Brovary near Kyiv on Wednesday, and rescue workers rushed to the scene of the accident. Videos shared on social media showed a building on fire and said an object resembling a helicopter or drone had crashed into a child’s room

Pictured: A dead body is seen in the middle of a playground outside the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday

Pictured: A dead body is seen in the middle of a playground outside the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday

Rescue workers are seen at the scene after a plane crashed into a building near Kyiv

Rescue workers are seen at the scene after a plane crashed into a building near Kyiv

Pictured: Flames are seen near a playground in Brovary near Kyiv on Wednesday morning

Pictured: Flames are seen near a playground in Brovary near Kyiv on Wednesday morning

Witness accounts said an object resembling a helicopter or drone had crashed in or near the kindergarten building.

“We are finding out information about victims and the circumstances,” Deputy Head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko wrote on the messaging app Telegram. The reason for the crash was not immediately clear.

A video showed a playground burning and covered in debris.

Early reports were unclear whether a helicopter or drone had crashed in the residential area, but it was later determined that a helicopter crashed near a kindergarten in Brovary, in the Kyiv region, said Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

He said two people died as a result of the crash and there was a fire at the crash site.

In a later updated version, Kyrylo Samoilenko, head of the Brovary branch of the Kyiv regional police, said that three people died and five were injured.

The town of Brovary is about 12 miles northeast of Kyiv.

Russian and Ukrainian forces fought for control of Brovary during the initial stages of the Moscow invasion until Russian troops withdrew in early April. Russian President Vladimir Putin deployed troops to pro-western Ukraine on February 24 last year.

There was no immediate comment from Russia, and Ukrainian officials did not mention a Russian attack in the region at the time.

The crash came days after a Russian missile struck an apartment building in Dnipro on Saturday, killing at least 45 people – including six children.

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