From the beginning of the mass invasion, Gennady Chastyakov was a reliable shoulder for Valery Zaluzhny and completely devoted his life to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and resistance to the Russian invasion.
Near Kiev, Major Gennady Chastyakov, assistant to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny, died. On November 6, Chastyakov celebrated his birthday. Zaluzhny himself said that from the beginning of the entire invasion, Chastyakov was a reliable shoulder for him and completely devoted his life to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the resistance to the Russian invasion.
Circumstances of death
According to Zaluzhny, an unknown explosive appeared in one of the gifts received by Chastyakov. “Today, under tragic circumstances, on my birthday, my assistant and close friend, Major Gennady Chastyakov, died with his family. An unknown explosive detonated one of the gifts. Gennady left his wife and four children. My deepest condolences to the family…” said the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The causes and circumstances of death will be established during the pre-trial investigation.
Versions of what happened
The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that Chastyakov died at home as a result of careless handling of ammunition, his 13-year-old son was seriously injured and hospitalized. The data in the ERDR was placed on the fact of the death of a person and under Article 263 “Illegal possession of weapons, ammunition or explosives.” The military wife and daughter are also at home. According to preliminary information, they were not hurt.
Chastyakov’s wife said the grenade that exploded in her husband’s hands was in a gift bag he brought home, the UP law enforcement source said. According to the source of the publication, according to the wife, her husband had a gift bag with a bottle of alcohol and gift glasses in the form of pomegranates. An explosion occurred while opening the package.
UP’s interlocutor told the General Staff that Chastyakov graduated from the Military Academy in Odessa and knew how to handle a grenade.
According to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Igor Klimenko, Gennady Chastyakov came home with gifts from his colleagues and began to show them to his family. He showed his son one of the Western-style grenades in the gift box.
Klimenko said the boy took a grenade in his hand and began to twist the ring. After that, Chastyakov took the bullets from his son and “pulled out the ring, causing a tragic explosion.”
The minister added that police found five more unexploded grenades in the apartment; they will be sent for analysis.
The police also found a fellow soldier who gave Chastyakov grenades. His office was raided and two more similar grenades were seized, and an investigation is underway.
Klimenko urged not to spread unofficial information.
RBC-Ukraine, citing a source, writes that Chastyakov was given combat grenades by his colleague Colonel Timchenko. The wooden gift box contained a bottle of Black Label whiskey and six pomegranates, the source said. The colonel kept two grenades for himself. As the witnesses say, Timchenko said to Chastyakov: “It is difficult to surprise you, so I give you combat grenades and a bottle of good whiskey.”
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