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Ukraine Urges UN and Red Cross to Investigate Barbaric Execution in Olenivka

Ukraine is closely following the actions of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross around the tragic events in Olenivka and continues to actively encourage them to investigate the execution of prisoners of war.

This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Kuleba in interview Ukrinform.

“Even if they (the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross – ed.) have somewhat dulled their sense of responsibility for these our citizens, the events in Olenivka have aggravated it very much. We helped to do this as much as possible. All the statements that were made by Ukraine on this tragic day, were not emotional – it was a call to international partners to fulfill their basic functions. We demand an independent investigation into the barbaric execution of our prisoners of war, and we will punish every scoundrel who committed this heinous crime,” he said.

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy emphasized that everyone should work and do what depends on them.

According to him, both institutions have begun to take action. At the same time, the minister noted that without permission from the Russian Federation, it would be very difficult for them to fulfill their mandate, since “they cannot come to the place of the Olenovsky execution by force.”

“Therefore, we are now following the development of events and actively continue to push the situation in the right direction,” the Foreign Minister assured.

As Ukrinform reported, on the night of July 29, a powerful explosion occurred on the territory of the former penal colony No. According to the Russian side, about 50 Ukrainian defenders were killed, and more than 70 were seriously injured.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the UN to visit the colony in Olenivka to establish all the facts of the crime committed by Russian troops, and the International Committee of the Red Cross to check all Ukrainian prisoners of war.

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The occupying forces in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region, at the request of the Ukrainian branch of the International Committee of the Red Cross, denied the employees of the organization access to prisoners of war in Olenivka, which is a direct violation of the provisions of the Geneva Convention.

Ukraine informed the members of the United Nations Security Council about a war crime committed by Russian troops against Ukrainian prisoners of war in a colony in the village of Olenivka, Donetsk region.

On August 2, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation satisfied the claim of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation to recognize the Azov Regiment as a “terrorist organization” and ban its activities in Russia.

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, the Mariupol garrison agreed to be evacuated from the Azovstal metallurgical plant blocked by 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.

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