Volunteer Anna Voroshiva, who spent 100 days in the Olenovskoye colony, believes that the Ukrainian captives were killed by the Russians deliberately and cynically.
She said this in an interview posted on Youtube Tetyana Popova, Co-Chair of the Media and Communications Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“The prison in Olenovka had its own industrial zone. All of us who were involved in work on the territory of the colony did not enter this industrial zone. Nothing happened on the industrial zone itself, it was abandoned buildings. She was outside the gate as a separate segment. And there was never anyone there. At the moment, we understand that somehow people were deliberately relocated there, grouped according to some criteria and transferred there,” the volunteer said.
At the same time, she drew attention to the fact that in the widespread footage after the explosion there were many beds, which are actually not enough in that territory.
“That is, these old-style metal bunk beds were specially brought from some place … For some reason, separation was applied to the total number of “Azov” and transferred them there. In my opinion, what happened there was that people were killed, deliberately and cynically, bloodthirsty. This is an absolute evil, ”Vorosheva emphasized.
According to her, the guards were very aggressive about the existence of the Azov battalion. There were “Azovites” in this colony, who were captured not only from Azovstal, and “the way they were beaten and how they were treated, and what they were told, testified that a very cruel fate awaited them in this space.”
The volunteer said that the main part of the “Azovites” from Azovstal was brought to the colony on May 17. “They settled in a barracks. Then there was a rumor that all the “Azovites” who left Azovstal were being prepared for an exchange. What was it? There were some lists, some interrogations, polls. But among themselves the escorts said that many of them would never go anywhere again. That at least they are here until the end of the war, at most – they simply will not be. It was said that someone was being transferred to other institutions in central Russia, the cities of Taganrog, Rostov were called, and it was simply said that they would go far, ”Vorosheva recalls.
In her opinion, many prisoners who were beaten, tortured and abused by the escorts could not stand it, and “most likely, there are a certain number of people whom the occupiers did not think that they would need to report on.”
“After the publicity in the media about the Azov people, such global support for the release or exchange of prisoners of war … they (the escorts – Ed.) had to hide their crimes against those people who were no longer there at that time,” the former captive believes.
As Ukrinform reported, on the night of July 29, a powerful explosion occurred in the territory of the former colony in the occupied Olenivka, Donetsk region, near the building where the Russians kept Ukrainian prisoners of war. At least 50 prisoners died.
According to the SBU, the Russians could have staged a terrorist attack by exploding explosives planted inside the premises.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, the killing of Ukrainian prisoners in Olenivka was carried out by mercenaries from the Wagner private military company.
Ukrainian servicemen held the defense of Mariupol for more than 80 days. On May 16, by order of the top military leadership and under the guarantees of international humanitarian organizations, they agreed to the evacuation from the Azovstal metallurgical plant blocked by the Russian invaders.
On June 6, President Volodymyr Zelensky said during a conversation with reporters that more than 2,500 Ukrainian servicemen from Azovstal were in captivity.