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Military helicopter crashes next to nursery with children inside near Kyiv

A nursery full of children was evacuated after a Ukrainian military helicopter fell from the sky

Officials have said there have been multiple casualties after the incident just outside of Kyiv.

The aircraft came down in the town of Brovary, close to the north-east of the capital, on Wednesday morning. Emergency services rushed to the scene.

A police spokesperson told the Suspilne public broadcaster that at least five people were hurt and that there were also a number of dead.

Kyiv region governor Oleksiy Kuleba wrote on the Telegram messaging app: ‘There were children and … staff in the nursery at the time of this tragedy. Everyone has now been evacuated. There are casualties,’

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Videos shared on social media showed a burning building and people could be heard screaming.

It was not immediately clear what caused the helicopter to crash.

There was no immediate comment from Russia, and Ukrainian officials made no reference to any Russian attack in the area at the time.

The deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, wrote on Telegram:  ‘We are finding out information about casualties and the circumstances.’

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