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Former Minister of Agriculture and Food of Ukraine Taras Kutoviy (2016-2018) reportedly died on Monday after a helicopter he piloted crashed en route from Kyiv to Poltava region.

The initial report on the accident came from the Interior Ministry press service which confirmed that a Robinson helicopter pilot had died in the crash near the village of Tarasenkove, Poltava region. The Emergencies Service of Ukraine received a report on the accident at 16:00 today.

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Ex-minister of youth and sports, Ihor Zhdanov, has confirmed the death of his former colleague in government: "Taras Kutoviy has died. I can't believe this. I'm in despair. Condolences to his friends and family. RIP," he wrote on Facebook.

Taras Kutoviy had also been elected to Ukraine's parliament of seventh and eighth convocations.

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