Status: 08/04/2022 08:27
After more than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war died in an explosion at a prison camp in the Donetsk region, Moscow and Kyiv brought charges. The UN wants experts to investigate the case.
After the deadly explosion at a prison camp in eastern Ukraine, the United Nations announced it would investigate the incident. According to UN Secretary General António Guterres, a team of experts will be appointed at the request of Moscow and Kyiv to investigate what is happening in the prison camp.
Guterres said he did not have the authority to conduct criminal investigations, but could initiate a finding of fact. The terms of such a mandate are being drafted and then forwarded to the Kyiv and Moscow governments for consideration.
United States: Russia wants to fabricate evidence
The explosion at the camp in an area of Donetsk controlled by Russia and pro-Kremlin separatists last week killed 53 Ukrainian POWs and injured scores more, according to Russian sources. Among the detainees at the camp were Ukrainian soldiers and militants captured after the fall of the port city of Mariupol. Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of deliberately destroying parts of the penal camp to cover up atrocities.
According to the US findings, Russia wants to fabricate evidence so that Ukrainian troops can be held accountable. It is even possible that Russian officials in Olenivka prison deliberately disposed of the ammunition from the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher, a US intelligence official told the AP news agency. In doing so, Moscow wanted to give the impression that the weapons systems supplied by the United States to Ukraine had been used in the attack on the prison camp.
The US intelligence official told the AP that Russia will likely use the alleged deception tactic in anticipation of independent experts and journalists who should be allowed access to Olenivka.
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Information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be verified directly by an independent body in the current situation.
Ukraine: Mined and Burned Prison
Russia had announced that the Ukrainian army had attacked the complex with rocket launchers supplied by the United States. This was rejected by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. There were no rocket or artillery attacks on Olenivka.
On the contrary, the intelligence department of the Ukrainian army said it had evidence that local pro-Kremlin separatists, in cooperation with the Russian secret service FSB and the Wagner mercenary group, first mined the barracks. , then used a “flammable liquid, which led to the rapid spread of fire in the space led by the building”.
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