The Lead: Civilian Deaths in Ukraine
At least 18 people, including children, were killed when a helicopter crashed into a kindergarten in Ukraine this morning. At least three children were killed.
At least one of the victims was a senior government official, Denys Monastyrsky, a first deputy minister. The cause of the crash has not been reported.
Meanwhile, Russia is accusing Ukraine of violating international laws and causing the death of dozens in an apartment crash over the weekend. The apartment building that was bombed in Dnepr was caused by a missile that Ukraine shot down, says Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia. Russia has been targeting infrastructure but not civilians. Nebenzia says that this would not have happened had Ukraine followed laws forbidding air defenses in residential areas.
Last year Amnesty International reported that Ukraine has been guilty of fighting tactics that endanger civilians such as placing weapons on the rooftops of daycare centers.
But this is the side that the West has picked. The West is ramping up for renewed levels of support of money and weapons to Ukraine.