Ukraine’s Interior Minister, Denys Monastyrskyi died Wednesday morning in a helicopter crash.
The accident occurred near a nursery in a residential area in Brovary near Kyiv, the capital.
Local reports say 18 people were killed, including other ministry officials and three children.
About 30 people injured have been taken to a hospital, including 15 schoolkids.
National Police Chief, Ihor Klymenko said Monastyrskyi died alongside his first deputy, Yevheniy Yenin.
The ill-fated chopper belonged to the state emergency service.
“There were children and staff in the nursery at the time of this tragedy”, said Kyiv Governor Oleksiy Kuleba.