Explosion kills Zaluzhnyi’s assistant at home

Valerii Zaluzhnyi
Valerii Zaluzhnyi

Major Hennadiy Chastyakov, who served as an assistant to Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi, has died in an explosion while celebrating his birthday at home, Zaluzhnyi said in a Telegram post on Nov. 6.

“Today, under tragic circumstances, my assistant and close friend, Major Hennadiy Chastyakov, died surrounded by his family, celebrating his Birthday,” said Zaluzhnyi.

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“An unknown explosive device went off in one of the [birthday] presents.”

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Chastyakov is survived by his wife and four children. The Commander-in-Chief expressed his condolences to the deceased's family.

“Since the onset of full-scale [Russian] invasion, Hennadiy has been a reliable support for me, dedicating his life to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the fight against Russian aggression,” Ukraine’s top military commander said.

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Zaluzhnyi added that the cause and circumstances of Chastyakov’s death will be established in an investigation.

Earlier on Nov. 6, Ukrainska Pravda reported Chastyakov’s death, adding that his 13-year-old son was also badly injured. The major’s wife and daughter were in the house, but they were not harmed.

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