A senior aide to the commander of the Ukrainian military was killed last Monday after one of the grenades given to him as a birthday gift exploded, CBS News reported.
In a Telegram post last week, Ukraine’s interior minister Ihor Klymenko revealed that Maj. Henadiy Chastyakov was killed and his 13-year-old son was severely injured when the pin on one of six grenades given to him by a colleague as a 39th birthday present was pulled.
Chastyakov, a top aide to Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi, was showing off the grenades when his son grabbed one and twisted the ring. A serviceman took the grenade from the boy, pulling the ring out and leading to the explosion, Klymenko said.
Police are investigating the accident which occurred in Chastyakov’s Chaiky home near Kyiv.
In a post on Telegram, Gen. Zaluzhnyi remembered Chastyakov as a “reliable shoulder” since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Zluzhnyi said Maj. Chastyakov’s death caused him “unspeakable pain” and said it was a “heavy loss” for the Ukrainian armed forces.
Chastyakov’s death was the second fatal tragedy to hit Ukraine’s military in less than a week.
On November 3, 19 soldiers were killed in Zaporizhzhia when a Ukrainian brigade that was holding a ceremony honoring the troops was hit by a Russian missile, marking the single deadliest attack reported by the Ukrainian military.
Dmytro Lysiuk, commander of Ukraine’s 128th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade, was suspended while military officials investigated why the Rocket Forces and Artillery Day ceremony was held so close to the front line where it could easily be spotted by Russian reconnaissance drones.
According to Ukrainian media outlets, Lysiuk arrived late for the ceremony and was not injured in the missile attack.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the investigation would determine who was responsible for disregarding the safety of the soldiers in holding the ceremony in an area the Russian aerial reconnaissance could access.