Amidst the tragic turn of events in Ukraine, on Sunday, the government said that at least 352 Ukrainian civilians have been killed during Russia’s invasion, including 14 children. It says an additional 1,684 people, including 116 children, have been wounded. Among the casualties was also the world’s largest-ever aircraft, affectionately named Mriya, which was destroyed in a Russian bombardment on an airfield near Kyiv.
Russia has claimed that its troops are targeting only Ukrainian military facilities and says that Ukraine’s civilian population is not in danger, despite the figures reported by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry on Sunday.
Russia has not released any information on casualties among its troops and the Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged on Sunday only that Russian soldiers have been killed and wounded, without giving any numbers.
The plane officially called the Antonov AN225, will be rebuilt once hostilities end, Ukraine said. “We will rebuild the plane. We will fulfill our dream of a strong, free, and democratic Ukraine,” a tweet from the Ukrainian government’s official Twitter account said. The tweet included a picture of the craft in flight with the caption, “They burned the biggest plane, but our Mriya will never perish.”
On Sunday night, the U.S. for the first time ever has approved the direct delivery of Stinger missiles to Ukraine as part of a package approved by the White House on Friday. Additionally, Canada will send an additional $25 million worth of defensive military equipment to Ukraine, and Australia will provide lethal military equipment to Ukraine to help the Ukrainians resist the Russian invasion.