Russia and Ukraine blamed each other on Friday for the bombing of a prison in breakaway territory in eastern Ukraine, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky supervised an initial shipment of grain, crucial for food security. world.
The Russian army reported 40 dead and 75 wounded in this strike on Olenivka prison, while the pro-Russian separatist authorities in the Donetsk region mentioned up to 53 dead.
The Russian Investigative Committee accused the Ukrainian forces of having “fired at the prison where members of the Azov battalion are being held, using American projectiles from the Himars system“.
The Azov regiment distinguished itself in the defense of Mariupol (South East). After long weeks of siege and resistance at the Azovstal steelworks, some 2,500 Ukrainian fighters had surrendered to the Russian army in May. Moscow had made it known that they would be imprisoned in Olenivka.
But Ukraine quickly denied having targeted civilian infrastructure or prisoners of war, assuring that the army “fully adheres to the principles and standards of international humanitarian law“.
The Ukrainian General Staff considered it to be “accuse Ukraine of having committed war crimes” and of “covering up the torture of prisoners and executions” which were “perpetrated” there.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, the attack “was carried out by mercenaries of the Wagner division” et “was not coordinated with management” of the Russian Ministry of Defence, then specified the Ukrainian general staff.
Russian public television broadcast images presented as those of charred barracks and destroyed metal bed frames. She showed blurry images of what appear to be human bodies.
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