Russians do not allow representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross into the colony in the occupied Olenivka, where Ukrainian prisoners of war died from an explosion on the night of July 29.
Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubinets announced this during the telethon, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“Despite the statements of the Russian Federation that they allegedly provided access to the site of the tragedy in Olenovka to representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and representatives of the UN monitoring mission, today I received a response from the International Committee of the Red Cross that no, they were not provided with such access,” he said. he .
According to Lubinets, the office of the Ukrainian ombudsman has established official and unofficial communication with representatives from the ICRC, but with the UN representatives “the situation is worse.”
“I send letters, requests. I did it on the first day immediately after the tragedy. I personally did not receive any signal, even unofficial. I can publicly confirm this,” the Ombudsman said.
As Ukrinform reported, on the night of July 29, a powerful explosion occurred in the building where the Russians kept Ukrainian prisoners of war on the territory of the former colony in the occupied Olenivka, Donetsk region. At least 50 prisoners died.
According to the SBU, the Russians could have staged a terrorist attack by detonating explosives planted inside the premises. The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense reported that the massacre of Ukrainian prisoners of war was carried out by mercenaries from the PMC Wagner.
Meanwhile, Russia has publicly stated that it “officially invited” UN and Red Cross experts to Olenovka, but in fact did not allow ICRC representatives into the colony.
At the same time, the ICRC said they would continue to seek permission.
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 be evacuated from the Azovstal metallurgical plant blocked by the Russian invaders.
On June 6, President Volodymyr Zelensky, while talking to reporters, reported that more than 2,500 Ukrainian servicemen from Azovstal were in captivity.