At approximately 1330 EST, Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander in Chief Zaluzhnyi confirmed that his aide, Major Henadiy Chastyavok was killed when a grenade exploded at his home during his birthday party. His thirteen year old son was also seriously wounded. The announcement reads below:
“Unspeakable pain and heavy loss for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and for me personally.
Today, under tragic circumstances, on his birthday, my assistant and close friend, Major Gennadiy Chastyakov, died in the family circle.
An unknown explosive device went off in one of the gifts. Gennady is survived by his wife and four children. My deepest condolences to the family…
From the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Gennady was a reliable shoulder for me, completely devoting his life to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the fight against Russian aggression.
The reasons and circumstances will be established during the pre-trial investigation.
Ukrainian state owned media has released these images from the scene:
According to media reports, foul play is not suspected, but the scene is being investigated under the premise of “mishandling of ammunition.