In a video that circulated online from the aftermath of the incident, cries could be heard at the scene, which was consumed by a fire.
There were no immediate details on the cause of the crash or whether it was an accident or stemmed from Ukraine’s war against Russia.
The Associated Press quotes Ihor Klymenko, chief of Ukraine’s National Police, as saying Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, his deputy Yevhen Yenin and State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Yurii Lubkovych were among the dead.
Nine of those killed were aboard the emergency services helicopter, the AP said.
Monastyrsky, a 42-year-old father of two, was appointed interior minister in 2021. He’s the most senior Ukrainian official to lose his life since, according to the Reuters news service.
Twenty-two people were hospitalized, including 10 children.
Officials said that at the time of the crash that children and employees were in the kindergarten.
Medics and police were working at the scene, in the town of Brovary some 12 miles northeast of Kyiv.
Russian and Ukrainian forces fought for control of Brovary in the early stages of Moscow’s invasion until Russia’s troops withdrew in early April.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into pro-Western Ukraine on February 24 last year.
The crash came on the heels of a tragedy that saw 45 people, including six children, die when a Russianover the weekend.