Ukraine leaders pay tribute to An-26 crash victims in Kharkiv

Ukraine leaders pay tribute to An-26 crash victims in Kharkiv

A farewell ceremony for the victims of an An-26 military plane crash near Chuhuiv took place on Freedom Square in Kharkiv on Tuesday, October 6.

According to an Ukrinform correspondent, President Volodymyr Zelensky, First Lady Olena Zelenska, Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak, Minister of Defense Andriy Taran, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak and Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Oleksiy Kucher were present at the ceremony.

Late on September 25, an An-26 plane of the Ukrainian Air Force crashed while trying to land at the airport near the city of Chuhuiv. There were 27 people (seven crew and 20 cadets) on board the aircraft.

Twenty-five people died at the crash site, and one cadet, Vitaliy Vilkhovy, died at the hospital from burns. Cadet Viacheslav Zolochevsky survived the crash. He was diagnosed with bruises, wounds and concussion, and is undergoing treatment.

A farewell ceremony with Vilkhovy took place in Kharkiv on September 29. On September 30, he was buried in Lviv region.


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