Russian propaganda announced the shelling of Olenivka back in June, allegedly the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the West are planning to do this.
According to Ukrinform, the Center for Counteracting Disinformation under the National Security and Defense Council reports this in Telegram.
The CPD warns that after the shelling of the penitentiary in the settlement of Olenovka, Russia is using equipment with the provision of an “information alibi”.
“Before committing a crime in Olenovka, Russia used a trick with announcing potential areas of Russian aggression with preventive accusations against Ukraine and the West. The first reports that the Armed Forces of Ukraine seem to be planning to shell the POW camp in Olenovka appeared on Russian media resources as early as June 5,” the report says.
After the actual commission of the crime, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation scaled up the disinformation campaign and is again trying to shift the responsibility for all the war crimes committed by the Kremlin to Ukraine, while declaring that “Zelensky personally, his criminal regime and Washington bear full responsibility for the bloody massacre against Ukrainians.”
The tactics of the “information alibi” are described in detail in the article by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “on staging as a method of Western policy,” which has already been analyzed by CPD analysts.
As Ukrinform reported, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stated that the Russians deliberately fired on the colony in Olenivka, where there were Ukrainian prisoners of war.
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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 undergoing filtration, 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 killing 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.