On the evening of November 6, Ukrainian military major Gennady Chestyakov, assistant and close friend of the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valery Zaluzhny, died at his home. The incident took place in the residence of the 39-year-old military man in the village of Chayki, Kyiv region.
The 13-year-old son of the deceased was seriously injured, the child was hospitalized.
The official version is that the incident occurred due to improper handling of a grenade – this was reported by Ukrainian media, citing the spokeswoman of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs Maryana Reva.
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Subsequently, Zaluzhny himself confirmed the death of his assistant by announcing that the explosion occurred while opening a gift, as his assistant had a birthday on the same day. Zaluzhny expressed his condolences to the wife of the deceased and his four children.
According to Chestyakov’s wife, the explosion occurred when he opened a gift bag containing a bottle of alcohol and gift glasses in the shape of grenades.
Law enforcement sources note that there is a 99.9% chance that this was a tragic accident and not an attack. “He was given live grenades for his birthday, one of which exploded due to careless handling.”
The police are investigating the case.
In Telegram, the channels also showed the first photo from the place of the explosion: