Russia invited the United Nations to investigate the deaths in Ukraine of dozens of prisoners of war.
Moscow-backed separatists were holding the prisoners in Olenivka (eastern Donetsk) when rockets struck it early Friday morning.
Russia’s defense ministry claimed that 50 prisoners had been killed and 73 others were injured. It also stated that it was acting “in the interests of conducting an objective inquiry” into the attack.
According to the claim, Ukrainian soldiers used a high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS), made by the United States to attack the prison.
Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov, a ministry spokesperson, stated that “all political and criminal responsibility” rests with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and “his criminal regime” and Washington, who support them.
However, Ukraine claimed that Russian artillery was behind the attack and used it to cover the treatment of prisoners.
Mr Zelenskyy stated that it was a Russian war crime and a deliberate mass killing of Ukrainian prisoners.
“Russia should be recognized as a state sponsor for terrorism by law.”
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UN and Red Cross are ready to go to prison attack site
According to reports, the victims were Ukrainian soldiers captured in May after the fall of Mariupol. This was a southern port where they had fought a long-running Russian siege.
The UN previously stated that it was willing to send experts to investigate the attack on prison cells if both sides agreed.
International Committee of the Red Cross stated that it requested access to the prison in order to determine the health and condition of everyone present at the time of the attack.
The statement continued: “Our priority right away is making sure that the wounded receive life-saving treatments and that the bodies are treated in a dignified way for those who have lost their lives.”
Several Ukrainian cities were also attacked by Russia at night.
Rockets landed on a school in Kharkiv (Ukraine’s second-largest) and another one was launched about an hour later.
Mayor Ihor Terekhov stated that there have been no reports of injuries.
According to the administration of the region, one person was killed and six were injured by shelling in the south.
According to Vadim Lyakh, the mayor of Sloviansk, a bus station was also damaged.
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Many thanks to those who hosted the Ukrainian refugees
Meanwhile, the British and Ukrainian governments will send a letter of gratitude to those who have sheltered more than 100,000 Ukrainians in the UK during the conflict.
These letters will be sent by Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK, and Lord Harrington the Refugees Minister. They praise households for their contribution to the UK’s largest offer of assistance to refugees since 1945.
Since March, the Ukraine visa programs were launched in Britain. 31300 people received a family visa and 72700 received a Homes For Ukraine sponsorship.
Nearly 200,000 people applied, which means that just half of those who applied have arrived in Britain.
It is likely that the letter will say: “You saved lives, provided hope, and provided sanctuary for people in dire need.”
“This is the UK’s largest aid offer to refugees of war since 1945.”