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 Five military dead in Mi-2 crash near Kramatorsk, - ATO spokesman

The crash occurred over a collision with a power line.

MoD spokesman for anti-terrorist operation (ATO) matters Andrii Lysenko said at a briefing, Censor.NET reports.

"Yesterday, a Mi-2 military helicopter crashed near the village of Malynivka in the area of Kramatorsk. Three crew members and two passengers were killed. The aircraft crashed following a collision with a power line. All the five were officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We extend our condolences to families and friends of the deceased," he said.

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"This is the conclusion of an investigative commission that worked on the ground. They examined the remains of the helicopter and collected testimonies of those witnessing the catastrophe," the official explained.

Asked whether the helicopter was on a combat mission, Lysenko noted: "Any take-off of a military aircraft is considered a combat mission."

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Lysenko was unable to specify qualifications or titles of the deceased.

On March 26, a Mi-2 military helicopter crashed in the vicinity of Ukraine's eastern town of Kramatorsk.
   
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