The Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense and the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights Dmitry Lubinets demand that the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross respond to the Russian terrorist attack in Olenivka, Donetsk region.
This is discussed in their joint statement regarding the massacre of Ukrainian prisoners of war on July 29 in the Olenivka village, which the Ukrainian Ombudsman published in Facebookreports Ukrinform.
“We demand from the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross, acting as guarantors of the life and health of Ukrainian prisoners of war, to immediately respond to the terrorist act committed by the Russian Federation,” the statement says.
Its authors demand to immediately send representatives of the UN, the ICRC, the Ukrainian Ombudsman and representatives of the Joint Center for the Search and Release of Captives to the territory of the colony in the Olenivka village in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region for the purpose of an inspection mission.
As the signatories of the statement recalled, on the night of July 29, an explosion occurred on the territory of the former correctional colony No. 210 in the Olenivka village in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region, as a result of which the building where Ukrainian prisoners of war were held was destroyed. It is noted that, according to the Russians, more than 50 Ukrainian defenders were killed, and the number of wounded is unknown.
“According to the comments of the Russian side, not a single employee of the colony, the militant of the DPR or the Russian military who guarded the premises were injured as a result of the explosion. Immediately after the explosion, Russia accused Ukraine of shelling a penal colony with American weapons and killing the Ukrainian military,” the statement said.
According to the Ukrainian military and law enforcement officers, the explosion is a cynical terrorist act by Russia, a military provocation and a classic false flag operation, the purpose of which is to conceal war crimes, discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine, disrupt the supply of Western weapons and increase social tension in Ukrainian society.
At the same time, it is noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine strike only at Russian military facilities: warehouses with fuel, weapons and ammunition, command posts, military infrastructure facilities.
It is noted that the Ukrainian army has enough means to identify targets, including space reconnaissance systems, but Ukraine did not carry out rocket and artillery attacks on Olenivka.
The authors of the statement also remind that the format of the evacuation of the defenders of Mariupol from the territory of the Azovstal plant provided for the establishment of a regime of silence and the surrender of the Ukrainian military into captivity, followed by an exchange under the guarantees of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
It is noted that this format was chosen and approved by the defenders of Mariupol, who participated in the negotiations. In particular, on June 29, the first of the planned exchanges of prisoners of war took place, as a result of which 144 defenders returned to Ukraine, including 95 defenders of Azovstal.
The key condition for the chosen format was the obligation of the Russian side to international organizations regarding the preservation of the life and health of Ukrainian defenders, the military and law enforcement officers emphasized and stated that this guarantee was cynically violated.
It is also emphasized that the planned nature of the crime against Ukrainian prisoners of war and its commission by the Russian side is indicated by many documentary evidence.
In particular, we are talking about the deliberate transfer of fighters to a new building shortly before the explosion, analysis of the nature of the damage and the movement of the blast wave, interception of telephone conversations of fighters, the absence of shelling in the indicated place, and others.
“All this leaves no doubt: the explosion in Olenovka was a Russian terrorist act and a gross violation of international agreements,” the authors of the statement are convinced.
As Ukrinform reported, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian military deliberately fired on the colony in Olenivka, where there were Ukrainian prisoners of war.
The General Staff called the Kremlin’s statements about the alleged shelling of civilian infrastructure and the population by the Armed Forces of Ukraine “an outright lie and a provocation.”
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.