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Dwell updates: Russia’s conflict in Ukraine

The Minister of Inner Affairs of Ukraine Denis Monastyrsky, left, presents an award to a border guard in Kyiv, Ukraine, on June 14. (Aleksandr Gusev/SOPA Pictures/Shutterstock)

Wednesday’s helicopter crash counted Ukraine’s inside minister and a number of other members of his management staff amongst its victims, considered probably the most senior authorities officers to have died since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine final February.

Inside Minister Denis Monastyrsky, his first deputy Yevheniy Yenin, the ministry’s state secretary Yuriy Lubkovychis, the helicopter crew and a number of other ministerial assistants have been killed within the crash within the Kyiv suburb of Brovary.

Monastyrsky, 42, was a lawyer by coaching. In keeping with a biography printed on the ministry’s web site, he spent some years instructing legislation and administration at a college in his residence city of Khmelnytskyi, earlier than deciding to show “from principle to apply” and develop into concerned in politics.

He labored on reforming Ukrainian legislation enforcement following the 2014 Euromaidan revolution, rose by means of the ranks and was appointed inside minister in July 2021.

Final yr, Monastyrsky accompanied a CNN crew on a go to to deserted Russian army positions in Chernobyl.

Yenin, additionally 42, served as Ukraine’s deputy prosecutor normal and deputy minister of overseas affairs earlier than changing into Monastyrsky’s first deputy in September 2021, in response to the ministry’s web site.

Lubkovychis was 33 and, like the opposite two males, was additionally appointed to the ministry in 2021.

President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned in a press release that Monastyrsky, Yenin and Lubkovychis have been “true patriots of Ukraine.”

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