Skip to content
Edit post

Law enforcement raids controversial ex-interior minister's home over helicopter crash that killed successor

by The Kyiv Independent news desk February 1, 2023 12:21 PM 2 min read
This audio is created with AI assistance

Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.

Become a member Support us just once

Arsen Avakov, a controversial ex-Interior Minister who resigned in 2021 after a long, scandal-ridden tenure, told Ukrainian media that law enforcement had searched his house on Feb. 1 as part of its investigation into the helicopter crash that killed his successor.

Avakov told Ukrainain media that the State Bureau of Investigation and Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) conducted the search concerning the Jan. 18 helicopter crash near Kyiv that killed Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky and nine other people on board.

According to the Ukrainian media outlet Babel, Avakov said the investigators searched through six-year-old contracts with the French company Airbus, which manufactured the H-225 Super Puma helicopter that was used to transport the officials when the crash happened.

Avakov said that “nothing” was found as the government and parliament had approved the paperwork before it came into effect. The investigators also entered the homes of other officials who were involved in the purchase of the French helicopters, Babel reported, citing anonymous sources in law enforcement agencies.

The preliminary results of the ongoing investigation into the helicopter crash in Brovary have not been released yet. Fedir Venislavskyi, the president’s representative in parliament, said on Jan. 21 that the first results could be disclosed in “the near future.” The Air Force said such an investigation would take time due to its complexity.

The helicopter crash killed a total of 14 people, including those on the ground.

The SBU said that possible causes of the crash included a violation of flight security rules, technical malfunction of the helicopter, and intentional actions to destroy the vehicle.

The Cabinet Ministry has created a special commission to investigate the cause of the helicopter crash, and the commission has reportedly been instructed to submit a report on the investigation by Feb. 18.

Deadly helicopter crash stuns Kyiv suburb

News Feed

7:30 PM

Spain says 10 more Leopard 2 tanks en route to Ukraine.

The tanks were repaired, maintained and tested at the Santa Barbara Sistemas manufacturer in the province of Seville, according to the statement. With this batch, the total number of Leopard 2A4 tanks handed over from Spain to Ukraine has reached 20.
6:34 PM

Zelensky says he 'is not afraid' of Trump's potential presidency.

Ukraine has bipartisan support and will develop relations with Washington regardless of the outcome of the presidential elections, President Volodymyr Zelensky told journalists. "If Donald Trump becomes president, we will work. I am not afraid of this," Zelensky said.
Ukraine Daily
News from Ukraine in your inbox
Ukraine news
Please, enter correct email address
5:52 PM

Last Russian patrol ship left occupied Crimea, Ukraine's navy says.

The vessel's designation was Project 1135, Dmytro Pletenchuk, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Navy, told the Kyiv Independent. This patrol ship is not a carrier of cruise missiles, which Russia is using to attack Ukraine, but is equipped with the other weapons, he added.
12:24 PM

Georgian volunteer fighter reportedly killed in Ukraine.

In comments to The Kyiv Independent in February, the Georgian Legion, one of the leading groups of Georgian volunteer fighters, said that at least 59 Georgian fighters had been killed in battle since the beginning of the full-scale war.
10:05 AM

Russia claims Ukrainian drone attack against occupied Crimea.

Razvozhayev claimed at 4:10 a.m. local time that Russian defenses shot at least one drone over Cape Fiolent on Crimea's southern coast. The attack ended at around 6 a.m., resulting in damage after a drone fragment fell on a house but leaving no casualties, he added.
MORE NEWS

Editors' Picks

Enter your email to subscribe
Please, enter correct email address
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Successfuly subscribed
Thank you for signing up for this newsletter. We’ve sent you a confirmation email.