19:42 Sep. 18, 2016
Water bike crash on the Dnieper river in Kyiv resulting in the death of Deputy Head of Presidential Administration Andriy Taranov.
Deputy head of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's administration Andriy Taranov was killed in a water bike crash when his vessel hit a barge, UNIAN reports. The accident happened amid a ride on the Dnieper river near the Havansky Bridge in Kyiv, according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's source.
"We have a fatal accident on the water, in consequence, the death of the deputy head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Taranov. According to preliminary information, he was in control of a vessel, namely a water scooter, which collided with another craft," Communications Director of the National Police Yaroslav Trakalo told Ukrinform.
According to Trakalo, the incident occurred at about 15,00 hours on September 18 near the Havansky bridge. Head of the National Police of Ukraine Khatia Dekanoidze and Kyiv police chief Andriy Kryshchenko were seen on the scene.
Andriy Taranov was appointed Deputy Head of Presidential Administration on December 26, 2014 and was responsible for coordination with the armed force ministries, being a former military serviveman himself, former volunteer and organizer of special forces units. Poroshenko's advisor Yuri Biriukov called him a ‘unique specialist' and a person who is irriplaceable.