Moscow and kyiv blame each other for the attack that killed more than 40 prisoners in a Russian prison in eastern Ukraine | International
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Dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war have been killed this Friday in the attack on a prison that the Russian occupation authorities maintain in eastern Ukraine. Both Moscow and kyiv are accused of having carried out the bombing of these facilities. The images of the Reuters agency show charred bodies in the bunks in which they slept or lined up outside the facilities.
Sources from the Russian Defense Ministry accused the kyiv authorities of carrying out the attack with an American-made Himars (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) missile, according to Reuters, citing Russian media. The same source added that 40 prisoners had died and another 75 had been injured in the prison in the town of Olenivka, in the Donetsk region, at the hands of Russian troops and separatists aligned with the Kremlin. According to this version, eight of the facility’s guards were also injured. Those responsible for the pro-Russian separatist authority in eastern Ukraine raise the death toll to between 47 and 53, reports Agence France Presse. They all belonged to the Azov Battalion, a body that operates under the National Guard.
The Ukrainian Army accused, for its part, the Russian troops of bombing the detention center to hide the conditions in which they hold the inmates. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba has called for an investigation into what he considers a “war crime.” The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office announced an investigation after “the occupying state” attacked a detention center in which 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 130 others were injured.
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.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) July 29, 2022
The attack takes place while both parties to the conflict are waiting for, after the agreement signed in Istanbul under the auspices of the UN, ships with the tens of millions of tons of Ukrainian grain blocked by the war.
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