Skip to content
Edit post

Police: MP involved in fatal traffic accident, 18-year-old girl killed

by Nate Ostiller and The Kyiv Independent news desk November 3, 2023 1:24 PM 2 min read
The car involved in the fatal accident on Nov. 3, 2023. (National Police in Zhytomyr Oblast)
This audio is created with AI assistance

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

Become a member Support us just once

A member of Ukraine's parliament has struck and killed an 18-year-old girl with his car in Zhytomyr Oblast, the National Police's regional branch reported on Nov. 3.

According to the police, the lawmaker hit the girl as she was walking down a highway in the town of Berezivka. She died at the scene of the accident.

The police did not identify the driver, but online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported, citing law enforcement sources, that it was Andrii Nikolaienko, a 44-year-old MP from Kyiv Oblast.

An investigation is underway in order to determine if there was any wrongdoing, the police said.

Nikolaienko later confirmed that he was involved in the accident in a post on Facebook.

"Today, the worst thing that can happen to a driver happened to me - a person died under the wheels of the car I was driving," he wrote.

He also said that he was sober and did not violate any traffic rules, adding that "the tragedy could not be avoided."

Nikolaienko extended his condolences to the family.

There have been other instances of Ukrainian politicians engaging in unsafe behavior behind the wheel.

A group of Ukrainian diplomats visiting Vienna, Austria, crashed into a car with four German tourists inside in August 2022.

One of the Ukrainian diplomats refused to take a breathalyzer test, and the test of another diplomat showed a high level of alcohol in the body.

Oleh Nikolenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's Foreign Ministry, said that diplomatic status does not give anyone the right to “violate traffic rules and endanger other people.”

Ukraine war latest: Russia suffers heavy losses near Vuhledar; US sanctions 200 targets involved in Russian war effort
Key developments on Nov. 2: * Zelensky: Russia suffers heavy losses near Vuhledar * Ukraine destroyed at least 4 Russian surface-to-air missile launchers in one week, UK Defense Ministry reports * U.S. sanctions 200 entities and individuals for participating in the Russian war effort * North Ko…

Before you skip this banner, we want to tell you something…

The Kyiv Independent doesn’t depend on a wealthy owner or an oligarch — in 2023, 80% of our revenue was from reader contributions . It’s thanks to them that we don’t have to rely on a single owner.

Support us now and help maintain our independent model and keep our articles free for everyone. Your contributions allow us to cover journalists’ salaries, report from the front lines, and fund projects like our War Crimes Investigations Unit.

visa masterCard americanExpress

News Feed

2:54 PM

Media: Italy may send Storm Shadow missiles to Ukraine, sources say.

"A batch of" Storm Shadow missiles and another SAMP/T air defense system will reportedly be included in the ninth aid package for Ukraine, which Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto will present by the end of June, Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano reported on June 18, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
1:43 PM

Zelensky signs law on single roaming zone with EU.

Under the "roam like at home" (RLAH) program, Ukrainians will not pay additional charges to use their mobile phone for communications and the Internet in the 27 EU countries. The same rules will apply to users of European operators traveling to Ukraine.
Ukraine Daily
News from Ukraine in your inbox
Ukraine news
Please, enter correct email address
1:17 AM

Moscow confirms A-50 aircraft was shot down by Ukraine.

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation confirmed that the Ukrainian Air Force shot down a rare Russian A-50 early warning and control aircraft over the Azov Sea back in February, killing ten crew members.
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.