By Tara Subramaniam, Kathryn Snowdon, Jack Guy, Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt and Leinz Vales, CNN
Updated 12:25 a.m. ET, January 19, 2023
9:44 a.m. ET, January 18, 2023
Search-and-rescue operations have ended at Brovary crash site, Ukrainian officials say
From CNN's Brent Swails in Brovary, Ukraine
Search-and-rescue operations have ended at the Brovary helicopter crash site, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.
The service said 14 dead people were found at the crash site, including one child and nine people who were on board the helicopter. Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky was among those killed on the aircraft, according to the ministry.
9:53 a.m. ET, January 18, 2023
It's mid-afternoon in Kyiv. Here's what you need to know
Elsewhere, the US is moving munitions stored in Israel for use in Ukraine, and discussions are ongoing with allies, including Germany, over further military aid to Kyiv.
Here are the latest headlines:
Brovary helicopter crash: According to a revised death toll from the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, 14 bodies were found at the crash site, including one child and nine people who were on board the helicopter. An additional 25 people, including 11 children, have been injured, the service said. Officials said in a previous update that 17 people were killed as a result of the crash. Search-and-rescue operations have now ended at the crash site, the service said Wednesday afternoon.
Zelensky calls for investigation into crash: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called Wednesday's helicopter crash "a terrible tragedy." Zelensky has ordered the Ukrainian security services to "find out all the circumstances" of the incident, and called the interior ministry officials who died "true patriots of Ukraine."
International leaders send condolences: French President Emmanuel Macron and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez were among a number of international leaders to offer condolences following the fatal helicopter crash in Brovary on Wednesday. "Thoughts for all the victims of this terrible event that occurred near a kindergarten, for the children and the families," tweeted Macron. "France offers its condolences to its Ukrainian friends," he added.
US transfers munitions from Israel: The United States has transferred American munitions stored in Israel for use in Ukraine and plans to send more soon, US and Israeli officials told CNN Wednesday. A US official told CNN they have moved "some" of the 300,000 155-millimeter shells that the US and Israel agreed would be transferred, and that there are plans to move the remaining amount in the coming weeks.
US and Germany discuss military aid: US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz discussed further support for Ukraine in a phone call Tuesday night, agreeing that their support ''must be effective, sustained and closely coordinated," said a government spokesman for Scholz. On Friday, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will host a meeting of the Ukraine contact group at the US Ramstein Air Base in Germany to discuss more military aid.
Russia open to dialogue with US, says Lavrov: A meeting between Russian and US intelligence chiefs in November was "useful" but did not produce any "breakthroughs," said Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. "We did not break this dialogue. We have not broken off any of the areas of our cooperation. The USA broke them off," said Lavrov. "We are not going to run after them and say let’s be friends again."
9:36 a.m. ET, January 18, 2023
NATO allies await German decision as Ukraine pleads for tanks
From CNN’s Paula Newton in Ottawa
With a NATO ally at his side Wednesday, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov again urged for a donation of battle tanks, calling them "crucial" if Ukraine is to defeat Russia in the months ahead.
At a joint news conference in Kyiv, Canada’s Defense Minister Anita Anand pledged another 200 armored personnel carriers. She did not rule out sending tanks, although she signaled Canada was awaiting the results of multilateral defense meetings later this week.
"During today's productive visit to Kyiv, I met with Ukrainian officials, including my friend and colleague Minister Reznikov, to learn about Ukraine's most pressing security needs,” Anand said during the press conference.
Canada is just one country, along with Poland and Finland, that is considering sending Ukraine the German-made battle tanks but cannot do so unless Berlin grants approval.
Some background: Poland has acknowledged it requires approval from Berlin before exporting its German-made Leopard tanks. A spokesperson for Germany’s government, Christiane Hoffmann, said last week they had received no such request from Poland or Finland. Hoffmann added that Germany is in close contact with the US, France, the UK, Poland and Spain about ongoing military assistance to Ukraine.
Germany on Tuesday signaled a reluctance to approving the shipments unless the US sends its own tanks. “We are never going alone, because this is necessary in a very difficult situation like this,” said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
NATO defense ministers began a two-day meeting in Brussels Wednesday and will follow up with meetings at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany later in the week as Ukraine’s allies decide how best to supply military equipment in the coming months.
The US has also been reluctant to send Ukraine its M-1 Abrams tank, although the Pentagon has not ruled it out.
Read more about Ukraine’s efforts to secure battle tanks here.
CNN's Oren Liebermann and Haley Britzky contributed reporting to this post.
9:46 a.m. ET, January 18, 2023
Ukraine revises number of dead in Brovary helicopter crash down to 14
The State Emergency Service of Ukraine revised the number of dead down to 14 as of 3 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The previous number was 17 people.
According to the updated information, 14 dead people were found at the crash site, including one child and nine people who were on board the helicopter. Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky was among those killed on the aircraft, according to the ministry.
Another 25 people, including 11 children, have been injured, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.
Search-and-rescue operations have now ended at the crash site, the service said Wednesday afternoon.
An operational center has been set up in Brovary, located in Lyceum #10, where people affected by the helicopter crash and their relatives may seek psychological and medical assistance.
CNN's Brent Swails contributed reporting to this post.
9:39 a.m. ET, January 18, 2023
Ukraine's National Police chief will serve as acting interior minister following Brovary helicopter crash
From CNN's Maria Kostenko in Kyiv
Ukraine's National Police Chief Ihor Klymenko will serve as acting interior minister until a new permanent head of the ministry is appointed, according to a statement from the Ukrainian prime minister on Wednesday.
"The government has appointed Ihor Klymenko as Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Head of the National Police of Ukraine," Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said in a statement on Telegram. "The government has also entrusted him with the duties of the Minister of Internal Affairs."
Earlier on Wednesday, a helicopter crash near a kindergarten in the Kyiv region killed Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky and the leadership team of Ukraine’s interior ministry who were traveling on the aircraft, according to officials.
9:09 a.m. ET, January 18, 2023
International leaders offer condolences after Brovary helicopter crash
From CNN’s Joseph Ataman and Alex Hardie
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez were among a number of international leaders to offer condolences following the fatal helicopter crash in Brovary on Wednesday.
“Saddened by the tragic death of the Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky. Thoughts for all the victims of this terrible event that occurred near a kindergarten, for the children and the families,” tweeted Macron.
“France offers its condolences to its Ukrainian friends,” he added.
Scholz also tweeted:
“The helicopter crash in #Brovary shows once again the immense toll #Ukraine is paying in this war. Our thoughts on this sad day are with the families of the victims and the injured, as well as with @ZelenskyyUa who lost his Interior Minister today.”
Sánchez saidthat that he was "shocked by the accident."
“My condolences to the families, to President @ZelenskyyUa and to the Ukrainian people. All our support," he added.
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said the crash was a "tragedy" and offered her "heartfelt condolences."
"We are mourning with you," she added.
Other international figures also reacted to news of the crash:
UK Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly:
“Tragic news of the helicopter crash in Ukraine this morning, which took the lives of Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyy, members of his team and civilians. Denys was a true friend of the UK. We are ready to support Ukraine in whatever way we can.”
Polish President Andrzej Duda:
“It is with deep sadness that I received information about the helicopter crash in Brovary near Kyiv which left several persons killed, including senior officials of Ukraine's Ministry of Interior. My thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims.”
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda:
“Devastating news about the helicopter crash at Brovary. My condolences to the families of the victims, President @ZelenskyyUa and the people of Ukraine. Lithuania is mourning with Ukrainians. This incident is another tragic consequence of Russian aggression against Ukraine.”
8:59 a.m. ET, January 18, 2023
Russian police detain 4 who laid flowers at makeshift Ukraine memorial in Moscow, human rights group says
From CNN's Radina Gigova
Four people have been detained by police after laying flowers at a makeshift memorial in central Moscow for the victims of the strike in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, the independent Russian human rights monitor OVD-Info said Tuesday.
"Security forces detained two people who were laying flowers. The other two detainees were nearby. Now all four are in the police car," OVD-Info said on its official Telegram channel.
The monument to the Ukrainian writer Lesya Ukrainka had turned into "a spontaneous memorial in memory of the victims of the missile strike in Dnipro," OVD-Info said.
The watchdog group said the names of the four detained people were not known as of Tuesday.
They were taken to the Dorogomilovo police station in Moscow, according to OVD-Info. A lawyer from OVD-Info, Anastasia Kostova, went to the police station to help them, the group said.
CNN has not been able to verify this information independently.
Ukrainian police name all interior ministry officials killed in Brovary crash
From CNN's Maria Kostenko in Kyiv
The Ukrainian National Police have released the names of the three other interior ministry officials who died in a helicopter crash near a kindergarten in the Kyiv suburb of Brovary Wednesday.
Here are all the interior ministry officials killed in the crash:
Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky
His first deputy Yevheniy Yenin
The ministry's state secretary Yuriy Lubkovychis
Tetiana Shutyak, deputy head of the Patronage Service at the Ministry of Internal Affairs
Lt. Col. Mykhailo Pavlushko, head of the Protection Division of the Internal Security Department at the National Police of Ukraine
Mykola Anatskyi, leading inspector of the Communication Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
In total, six ministry officials died, along with three helicopter crew.
9:53 a.m. ET, January 18, 2023
Putin says military-industrial workers may be exempt from spring draft
From CNN's Uliana Pavlova
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that military-industrial workers might be exempt from the upcoming spring draft during his visit to the Obukhov plant in St. Petersburg.
“As for conscripts who are called up for military service: Considering that the defense industry is currently overwhelmed, and taking into account the fact that you work in three shifts, and the products of defense industry enterprises are in high demand, now we are looking at the possibility of granting a deferment to those who should be called up for military service," he told the factory workers Wednesday.
"I think this issue will be resolved soon,” he added.
“Conceptually, Putin agreed” with the suggestions that were announced by the country's defense ministry but details of the expansion are yet to be finalized, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. This comes after Russia conducted a partial mobilization of its citizens in September, recruiting 300,000 personnel had been met, according to officials.
At the Obukhov plant, Putin also expressed confidence that Russian victory in the war is "inevitable" and "guaranteed," saying that the unity of Russians and the heroism of soldiers on the front line will make victory possible.