Maxar satellite images prove that barracks with Ukrainian prisoners in Yelenovka were blown up from the inside

Maxar’s photo was published by a journalist of the American edition of BuzzFeed News Christopher Miller on Twitter.

“New images of Yelenovskaya prison in the Russian-occupied Donetsk region of Ukraine, where at least 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed in an attack that Kyiv says – and preliminary data suggests – was carried out by Russian forces,” Miller wrote.

He published two photos each – a more general and a larger one – for July 27, and next to them are similar photos for July 30.

Yelenovskaya colony before the explosion, 07/27/2022 Photo: Maxar

In the center of the image is a barrack where more than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war died. The photo from July 30 clearly shows that the tin roof of the barrack seemed to have been torn apart from the explosion from the inside. From the missile allegedly fired by the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the M142 HIMARS missile system, as Russian propaganda convinces, there should be completely different destruction.

Yelenovskaya colony after the explosion, 07/30/2022 Photo: Maxar

July 30 InformNapalm project investigators, after analyzing the photo and video materials from the Yelenovskaya colony, they also stated that the nature of the destruction testifies to the explosion of thermobaric shells inside, which did not budge either the bed or the wall, but caused a fire that burned the bodies. They are convinced that a HIMARS missile would cause much more damage than a fire.

As reported, on July 29, Russian propaganda media reported that as a result of an alleged strike by ZSU on a penal colony in the occupied Yelenovka, Volnovakha district, Donetsk region, where Ukrainian prisoners of war were kept, 53 people were killed and 75 were injured.

AT The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine indicatedthat the artillery shelling of the colony in the occupied Yelenovka was carried out by the troops of the Russian Federation in order to hide the torture and execution of Ukrainian prisoners of war held there, and by statements that the colony was shelled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian occupiers are trying to accuse Ukraine of committing “war crimes”.

human rights activists declaredthat the death of several dozen Ukrainian prisoners of war, who are being held by Russian invaders on the territory of the Yelenovskaya correctional colony No. 120, occurred due to an internal explosion, and not due to shelling, since there was no sound of an arrival characteristic of it.

According to the GKR of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the death of Ukrainian military as a result of explosions in Yelenovskaya colony No. 120 occurred as a result of a terrorist attack, which was carried out by mercenaries from the PMC “Wagner” (League) at the command of its owner Yevgeny Prigozhin. This decision was not agreed with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and was intended to hide evidence of the theft of funds allocated by the Russian Federation for the maintenance of Ukrainian prisoners of war.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) indicated that the damage from the fire that resulted in the death of the Ukrainian military as a result of explosions in Yelenovskaya colony No. 120, not inherent in the principle of operation of HIMARS.


At 4 am on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine and launched a direct full-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine are rebuffing the enemy, the blitzkrieg plan – to capture Kyiv in two or three days – failed, the Russian army retreated from the capital. The Russian military is committing thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout Ukraine.

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