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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held back tears as he met the families of those killed in the helicopter crash on the outskirts of Kyiv earlier this week.

At the somber funeral in Kiev, Mr Zelenskyy and his wife, first lady Olena Zelenska, laid flowers on seven coffins covered with blue and yellow Ukrainian flags and spoke to family members.

The helicopter carrying Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi and the rest of his ministry leadership stabbing near kindergarten in the residential suburb of Brovary on Wednesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and first lady Olena Zelenska pay their respects as they attend a memorial service for Ukraine's Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, his deputy and officials who were killed in the helicopter crash near Kyiv, in Kiev, Ukraine, January 21, 2023. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and first lady Olena Zelenska offer condolences as they attend a memorial service for Ukraine's Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, his deputy, and officials who were killed in a helicopter crash near Kiev, in Kiev, Ukraine, January 21, 2023. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

About a dozen people died in the disaster – including a child on the ground – dealing another blow to a nation already grieving with tens of thousands of civilians and service members killed in its war with Russia.

Mr. Monastyrskyi, who oversees the country’s police and emergency services, is the most senior official to be killed since Russia invaded Ukraine.

President Zelenskyy appeared emotional at the ceremony as he spoke briefly with the families of the seven killed and a small orchestra playing music.

Officials have not confirmed the cause of the crash but earlier this week Zelenskyy said the incident was the result of war – a view echoed by Ruslan Stefanchuk, the speaker of Ukraine’s parliament, speaking after the meeting. ceremony.

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“All of this would not have happened if it weren’t for the terrible and undeclared war the Russian Federation is waging against Ukraine,” Stefanchuk said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and first lady Olena Zelenska attend a memorial service for Ukraine's Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, his deputy and officials who were killed in a helicopter crash near Kyiv, in Kiev, Ukraine , January 21, 2023. REUTERS/Nacho Document
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and First Lady Olena Zelenska attend the memorial service
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena pay their respects to the victims of the deadly helicopter crash during a farewell ceremony in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, January 21, 2023. Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky, Deputy Minister Yevhen Yenin, Foreign Minister Yurii Lubkovych, national police official and three crew members were killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday in the Kiev suburb of Brovary.  (AP photo/Efrem Lukatsky).  Photo: AP

“So we have to keep this in mind and not forget these people. Because for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, every life lost is a great tragedy.”

According to the British Ministry of Defense assessment, Russia’s war in Ukraine, nearing the end of its 11th month, is “in a state of stalemate”.

It said Ukrainian forces appeared to be making small gains in the northeast, near the town of Kreminna, while Russian troops were “likely re-establishing” in the eastern town of Soledar, which they had already captured. at the beginning of the week.

“There is a real possibility that the Russians will advance” around Bakhmut, an eastern city whose capture would give the Kremlin a long-awaited victory after months of defeat on the battlefield, the ministry said. This said in regular updates.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy chief of staff to the president of Ukraine, said today that fierce battles in Bakhmut are raging and that three civilians have been killed by Russian shelling in the eastern region of Donetsk.

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