who was Denys Monastyrsky, the Minister of the Interior killed in a helicopter crash?
DISAPPEARANCE – Lawyer by profession, married and father of two sons, the minister had been in office since July 16, 2021. He notably commanded the National Guard.
Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, 42, was killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday January 18 in Brovary, a town of 100,000 inhabitants east of kyiv. According to the national police, there would be “18 dead including two children. In office since July 16, 2021, the Minister of the Interior had under his command, in addition to the 160,000 police officers, the National Guard of Ukraine, approximately 90,000 strong since the outbreak of martial law.
Born in Khmelnytskyi, in the west of the country, he graduated in law, then became a lawyer. Between 2014 and 2019, he had worked alongside Anton Herashchenko, then a deputy in the Rada – the parliament of Ukraine. The latter, who was the subject of an assassination attempt by separatist assassins, advised the Minister of the Interior to whom Monastyrsky succeeded, Arsen Avakov. He was married, and the father of two sons.
According to our correspondent, Clara Marchaud, the helicopter was a “vehicle of the situation service of Ukraine (firefighters, deminers, civil protection…). The agency depends on the Interior Ministry of Denys Monastyrsky.» «For context, officials often travel by helicopter. Since the start of the invasion, they have had to fly very low to avoid being spotted or shot down by Russian missiles. In April, a plane had an accident near Zaporizhia“.