A top aide to Ukraine’s military commander was killed on his birthday after one of his presents exploded inside his Kyiv home on Monday, ‘seriously injuring’ his 13-year-old son in what has been described as a ‘tragic accident’.
Major Hennadiy Chastyakov (pictured) was killed by a deadly explosion that ‘went off in one of [his] birthday gifts’, Valeriy Zaluzhnyy, the commander in chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said in a Telegram statement. Photos taken from the inside of Chastyakov’s home show several grenade-shaped objects lying alongside what appears to be a box for a bottle of alcohol, as well as a package from a Ukrainian clothing brand.
The explosion was caused by a gift box of six grenades that was given to him by his colleagues, which he began showing off, according to a Telegram post from Ukraine’s Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko. ‘The son first took the munition in his hand and began to twist the ring,’ Klymenko wrote of the incident. ‘Then, the serviceman took the grenade from the child and pulled the ring, causing a tragic explosion.’
Police said the explosion in the family flat at Chaiky in the western outskirts of Kyiv had been ‘as a result of careless handling of ammunition’. Police, who are still investigating the incident, found five more live grenades in Chastyakov’s home. Ukrainian cops have since figured out which of Chastyakov’s fellow soldiers gave him the gift, and have since visited his home to take two more grenades from him.
Chastyakov leaves behind his wife and four children. It is not currently known if anyone other than his 13-year-old son was hurt in the explosion. Zaluzhnyy, his boss, said of his passing: ‘Unspeakable pain and heavy loss for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and for me personally. My deepest condolences to the family.’
While some moments in Russia’s invasion may not reflect well on Ukraine, others, including the moment its army destroyed one of Putin’s newly built warships in a daring missile strike, do. The downed vessel was named as the newly-built Askold missile ship, one of the most modern in Vladimir Putin’s navy.
Moscow admitted to losing a ship in an attack by 13 cruise missiles, but did not specify which one. Footage shows the strike hit Butoma shipyard in Kerch, close to Putin’s major bridge linking the annexed peninsula to Russia.
Since launching its counteroffensive against Moscow’s forces this summer, Kyiv has ramped up attacks on the peninsula in a bid to suppress Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet. According to state media, Russia’s defense ministry said: ‘On November 4, the Ukrainian army launched 15 cruise missiles at the B.E. Butoma (Zaliv) shipyard in the city of Kerch.
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