A Ukrainian main has died after he was by accident blown up by a grenade given to him as a birthday current.
Hennady Chastyakov was killed as he confirmed the present to his teenage son at house on Monday, officers stated.
It was initially thought that the 39-year-old had been killed by a booby-trapped present.
However inside minister Ihor Klymenko later issued an announcement to make clear that it had been a “tragic explosion”.
Writing on the Telegram messaging app, Mr Klymenko stated the foremost had returned house with presents from his colleagues, together with a field of Western-made grenades.
“The son first took the munition in his hand and started to twist the ring,” Mr Klymenko stated.
“Then, the serviceman took the grenade from the kid and pulled the ring, inflicting a tragic explosion.”
Main Chastyakov’s 13-year-old was additionally critically injured within the blast, Ukrainian media reported.
Mr Klymenko stated the colleague who gave him the present had been recognized and that two extra grenades of the identical kind have been present in his workplace by investigators.
He stated he had issued the assertion in order to not “unfold unofficial data.”
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Main Chastyakov had been an assistant to Ukraine’s navy commander-in-chief Common Valery Zaluzhnyi, who expressed condolences to his household.
He stated: “My assistant and shut pal, Main Hennady Chastyakov, was killed in tragic circumstances on his birthday in a household setting.
“An unknown explosive system went off in one in every of his presents.”
A safety supply instructed newspaper Ukrainska Pravda that Main Chastyakov was a graduate of a navy academy and absolutely skilled in dealing with grenades.
Common Zaluzhnyi sparked a row over the weekend after he stated there would “most definitely be no deep and exquisite breakthrough” regardless of his nation’s counteroffensive towards Russian forces, that was launched in June.
The feedback prompted President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to reject claims that the conflict, which has been raging for 20 months, is at a stalemate.