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Families of Azovstal defenders ask the world to condemn the murder of prisoners of war in Olenovka

According to Ukrinform, the Association of Families of Azovstal Defenders reports this in Telegram.

“On July 29, 2022, the Russian Federation once again committed a war crime – cynically killed more than 50 prisoners of war taken out of the Azovstal plant, who were held in the Olenivka village in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region,” the report says.

As noted in the association, the defenders of Mariupol for 85 days in extremely difficult conditions without enough food, water, medicines kept the defense of the city and pulled the most combat-ready units of the Russian army. The defenders of Mariupol fulfilled all the tasks set by the command in full.

It is noted that with the mediation of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN, from May 16 to May 20, 2022, an operation was carried out to rescue the defenders of Mariupol blocked on the territory of the Azovstal plant and, under guarantees from these international organizations, they were taken to the territory not controlled by Ukraine with a guarantee further exchange.

“It was the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross that acted as guarantors of the life and health of Ukrainian soldiers. The Russian side has assumed obligations to international organizations to preserve the life and health of Ukrainian defenders. On July 29 this guarantee was cynically violated. Russia is a terrorist state, acting contrary to international humanitarian law, ignoring international human rights norms, committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide of the Ukrainian people,” the appeal says.

Therefore, the Association of Families of Azovstal Defenders appeals to the international community with a request to support Ukraine and condemn these actions of Russia.

War crimes, crimes against humanity and the genocide of the Ukrainian people that take place in the 21st century must be punished.

“The international community has entrusted the ICRC with a special role in the context of respect for international humanitarian law, including monitoring the rights of prisoners of war. To date, it is the only Organization in the world that is mandated to have immediate access to all prisoners of war in all places where they are being held; be able to conduct conversations without witnesses with prisoners of war; find out their physical, psychological state, conditions of detention, the state of medical care, etc.” – the appeal says.

The Association of Families of Azovstal Defenders demands that Russia be recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism, which does not comply with the Geneva Conventions and violates all the rules of war. It also demands that the UN and the ICRC, which guaranteed the preservation of the lives of Ukrainian prisoners of war, immediately respond to the terrorist act committed by Russia and send their representatives to the territory of the colony in the Olenivka village in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region with the aim of an inspection mission to clarify the circumstances of the tragedy, the state of health of the wounded and other prisoners of war, assistance in the transfer of the bodies of dead prisoners of war to the Ukrainian side.

As reported, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stated that the Russians deliberately fired on the colony in Olenivka, where Ukrainian prisoners of war were kept.

In the village of Olenovka near Mariupol, Donetsk region, there are two filtration prisons of invaders. Former law enforcement officers, pro-Ukrainian activists, “unreliable” until sentencing or filtering, volunteers who evacuated Mariupol residents are kept here. There was also information that captured Ukrainian soldiers were brought here from Mariupol.

According to available information from Ukrainian intelligence, the murder of Ukrainian prisoners in the temporarily occupied Olenivka, Donetsk region, was carried out by mercenaries from the Wagner private military company.

For its part, the Azov Patronage Service stated that it was checking the list of the dead and wounded in Olenovka, Donetsk region, which was posted by the Russians.

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