All aboard were killed after a military transport plane that Russia said was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war crashed Wednesday in a Russian region near Ukraine, according to the Belgorod governor.
The Russian Defence Ministry said there were 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war on board along with six crew members and three other passengers, according to local media reports.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that Ukraine downed the military plane, according to the state news agency TASS. Ukrainian officials cautioned against sharing unverified information.
Dmytro Lubinets, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, has warned Ukrainians not to draw “premature conclusions”.
Earlier today, at least 18 people were killed and more than 130 injured after Russia hit Ukraine’s biggest cities with waves of missiles.
More than 200 sites were hit, including 139 homes, with many deaths in “an ordinary high-rise apartment building”, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.