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Zelensky Declared Mourning In Ukraine In Connection With The Crash Of The An-26

Zelensky Declared Mourning In Ukraine In Connection With The Crash Of The An-26

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky declared September 26 a day of mourning in the country in connection with the crash of An an-26 military transport plane in the Kharkiv region, which killed 26 people, according to the website of the Ukrainian President.

"Yesterday we lost young cadets and experienced soldiers who had their whole life ahead of them and, I am sure, more than one combat victory. It's hard to find words to express the pain of this loss. It is difficult to find the right phrases to comfort the parents, wives, and children of fallen soldiers. The entire country will mourn with their families today. I signed a decree declaring September 26 a day of mourning," Zelensky said.

On the day of mourning on the territory of Ukraine, the state flag will be lowered at half-mast on the buildings of government agencies, state institutions, and enterprises, as well as entertainment events will be canceled.

According to the Ministry of defense of Ukraine, the An-26 performed training flights the day before, with an instructor pilot and 26 cadets on Board. According to the preliminary version, the crash occurred due to the failure of one of the sensors in the left engine of the aircraft, when the plane fell, the wing caught on the ground.

According to the State emergency service of Ukraine, rescuers found the bodies of 25 people at the crash site, two people were hospitalized who managed to jump out of the plane, one of them later died.

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