Zelensky has honoured Ukrainian officials who were killed in a helicopter crash.
Minister of Internal Affairs Denys Monastyrskyy, his deputy and five other high-ranking ministry officials were killed during the helicopter crash.
“My condolences to all relatives and friends. It hurts to think about it, it hurts to talk about it,” Zelensky said.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has attended a memorial service to commemorate seven senior interior ministry officials killed in a helicopter crash this week, a new blow to a nation already grieving its many war-dead.
Minister of Internal Affairs Denys Monastyrskyy, his deputy and five other high-ranking ministry officials were killed when their French-made Super Puma helicopter plummeted amid fog into a nursery on the eastern outskirts of Kyiv on Wednesday.
Another seven people were killed, including one child, in the crash. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.
“The indescribable sadness is covering the soul,” Zelensky wrote in a Telegram post on Saturday.
The helicopter went down just days after at least 45 people were killed in a Russian missile attack that partially levelled a block of flats in the southeastern city of Dnipro.
Zelensky issues a daily video address in which he usually discusses the war, but on Saturday he talked only about the death of Monastyrskyi.
Memorial ceremony for Ukrainian interior minister, his deputy and officials who died in a helicopter crash.
“My condolences to all relatives and friends. It hurts to think about it, it hurts to talk about it,” he said.
We are losing people every day, whom we will always remember and regret we can’t bring back,” he added, talking of “how many bright people are taken by wartime”.
Zelensky and his wife, Olena Zelenska, paid their respects to the victims’ relatives inside the hulking Ukrainian House cultural centre in Kyiv. A crowd of mourners snaked outside toward Independence Square.
Kyrylo Budanov, the military intelligence chief, described Monastyrskyi’s death as “a huge loss”.
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