Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed decree № 410/2020 declaring a Day of Mourning in Ukraine on September 26 due to the fall of the An-26 military aircraft near Chuhuiv in the Kharkiv region. This was reported on the President's Office website.
"Because of the tragedy that occurred as a result of the crash of the AN-26 military aircraft during scheduled training flights on September 25, 2020 near the city of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv region, and led to the death of servicemen of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in order to commemorate the victims, a Day of Mourning is announced in Ukraine on September 26, 2020," the document states.
The state flag should be lowered on the houses and buildings of state authorities, local governments, state enterprises, institutions and organizations.
All entertainment and concert events should be canceled, and appropriate changes should be made to the TV and radio programs.
"Yesterday we lost young cadets and experienced military, who had their whole life ahead and, I am sure, more than one combat victory. It is difficult to find words to express the pain of this loss. It is difficult to find the right phrases to console dead soldiers' parents, wives and children. The whole country today will be in mourning, together with their families. I signed a decree declaring September 26 a day of mourning," the President said.
Zelensky also notes the need to promptly clarify the causes of the plane crash and conduct an objective and impartial investigation.
As it was reported earlier, a military aircraft AN-26 fell and caught fire near the military airport of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv region on September 25. The disaster took place at about 20:50.
Two people survived and were hospitalized (one of them was in serious condition and died in the morning).
According to preliminary estimates of flight safety specialists, one of the sensors in the left engine of the aircraft failed.