Major Gennadiy Chastyakov, an aide to Ukraine’s top military commander, was killed by a grenade explosion from a birthday present at his home in Kyiv. The incident, which also seriously injured his 13-year-old son, is being investigated by Ukrainian authorities who initially reported it as a suspected assassination but now believe it to be a tragic accident.
- Major Gennadiy Chastyakov died from an explosion caused by a grenade concealed within a birthday present, while his young son sustained serious injuries.
- The grenade was a “Western model,” and five other unexploded grenades were found in Chastyakov’s apartment, raising questions about the circumstances of the incident.
- An investigation is underway, and the soldier who gave Chastyakov the lethal gift has been located, with further similar grenades found and seized from his office.
- The incident was initially treated as a possible assassination attempt, but further details have led officials to consider it an accident, with a plea from the Minister for Internal Affairs to await official investigative conclusions.