About 40 Ukrainian prisoners have been killed and 130 injured in Russia’s shelling of Olenivka, Donetsk Region. Ukrainian law enforcement officers opened a criminal proceeding.
Russia – an aggressor, occupier and sponsor of terrorism. Russian occupiers targeted the colony in temporarily occupied Olenivka. There were dozens killed and wounded, including Ukrainian prisoners of war. Immediately, the Kremlin propaganda media spread a fake story about an alleged strike on the facility by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. According to a statement by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian occupiers pursued their criminal goals – to hide the torture of prisoners and shootings committed there by the orders of the occupation administration in temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk region
“The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office has launched a pre-trial investigation into the violation of laws and customs of war (Part 2 Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine),” the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Officereport states.
A reminder that, according to the data from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russian troops deliberately launched an artillery strike on a correctional facility in Olenivka, where Ukrainian prisoners of war were kept. The General Staff stressed that the Kremlin’s claims about the Armed Forces of Ukraine allegedly opening fire on civilians and civilian infrastructure are a blatant lie and provocation.
Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called on partners to strongly condemn Russia’s shelling of a correctional facility in the occupied Olenivka and recognize Russia as a terrorist state.The relevant statement was made by Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Twitter, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“Russia has committed another petrifying war crime by shelling a correctional facility in the occupied Olenivka, where it held Ukrainian POWs. I call on all partners to strongly condemn this brutal violation of international humanitarian law and recognize Russia a terrorist state,” Kuleba wrote.
According to available information from Ukrainian intelligence, mercenaries of the Russian private military company, the Wagner Group, killed the Ukrainian prisoners of war in the temporarily occupied town of Olenivka in Donetsk region.
“On July 28, a powerful explosion took place in the territory of former penal colony No. 120 in the town of Olenivka in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk region which is currently used as a place of detention of Ukrainian prisoners of war. The explosion destroyed the premises where the captured Ukrainians were held. According to Russian sources, about 40 Ukrainians were killed, the number of the injured is being specified,” the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reports.
As it became known, the explosions took place in the territory of the industrial zone in a newly built building, which was supposed to be specially equipped to hold prisoners taken out of Azovstal steelworks. The building had been finished two days ago, after which some of the detained Ukrainian defenders were transferred to it.
The Chief Directorate of Intelligence emphasizes: “The explosions in Olenivka, which killed Ukrainian defenders, are a deliberate provocation and an undeniable act of terrorism committed by the occupier’s armed forces.” “According to the available information, it was carried out by mercenaries of the Wagner (Liga) PMC on personal command of its nominal owner, Yevgeniy Prigozhin. The organization and implementation of the terrorist attack were not coordinated with the leadership of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation,” the intelligence agency said.
The Directorate believes that the main purpose of the terrorist attack was to hide the facts of total embezzlement of funds allocated for the maintenance of Ukrainian prisoners of war. “It is known that a commission from Moscow was supposed to arrive at the “object” on August 1 to check the expenditure of allocated funds and the conditions of detention of prisoners. Since the real condition of the building and the conditions of holding the prisoners in it did not meet the requirements of the Russian leadership, the “problem” was solved by destroying the premises, together with the Ukrainians held in it,” the intelligence says.
Another purpose of the provocation was to ramp up tensions in Ukraine, the intelligence officers say. “Given the great public interest in the fate of the Azovstal heroes, the masterminds of the terrorist attack believed that the death of the defenders should ramp up social tensions in Ukraine,” the Chief Directorate of Intelligence stressed.
Kyrylo Budanov, Head of the Chief Directorate of Intelligence, emphasized that the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which is one of the guarantors of the safety and adequate conditions of detention of Ukrainian prisoners of war, should do a proper assessment of the events and make efforts to find out the real circumstances and reasons for the murder of Ukrainian defenders.
“Ukraine demands the immediate access for representatives of Ukraine to the scene to study the situation and control the conditions of detention of captured Ukrainian defenders,” Budanov said.
He also pointed out the need to conduct detailed monitoring of the conditions of detention of Ukrainian prisoners and guarantee the preservation of their lives and health.