352 civilians killed, 1,684 wounded in Russia invasion, says Ukraine

An injured woman being evacuated as Russia bombs a civilian apartment complex in Chuhuiv, near Kharkiv. [Photo: Twitter/ Alexander Lourie]

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has informed that 352 Ukrainian civilians have been killed during the Russian invasion, international media reported. The death toll included 14 children.

The ministry’s statement did not reveal any details on casualties among Ukraine’s armed forces, a report by Associated Press said.

According to the Interior Ministry, an additional 1,684 people, including 116 children, have been wounded as Ukraine braved the Russian offensive.

While Russia has claimed that its troops are targeting only Ukrainian military facilities, Ukraine said that Russia was lying about not shelling civilian infrastructure.

Last week, the report said a missile struck a residential building in the capital Kyiv. Ukrainian government adviser Anton Herashchenko said at least 40 such sites had been hit and the Russian troops were shelling civilian sites.

Russia, which claims that Ukraine’s civilian population is not in danger, has not released any information on casualties among its troops.

According to AP, the Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged on Sunday that its soldiers have been killed and wounded but did not provide any numbers.

Meanwhile, Ukraine has filed a case against Russia at the United Nations’ highest court accusing Moscow of planning genocide. Ukraine asked for the court to intervene to halt the invasion as well as order Russia to pay reparations.

The case filed on Sunday also asks the International Court of Justice, based in The Hague, to indicate “provisional measures” ordering Moscow to “immediately suspend the military operations” that launched on February 24, AP reported.

It states that Russia launched its invasion based on false claims of acts of genocide in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of eastern Ukraine. According to it, Moscow is now planning genocidal acts in Ukraine.


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