Undermining the Russian Federation of Ukrainian defenders in Yelenovka: relatives of the Azov fighters demanded that Russia be recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism

This was stated by the Association of Families of Azovstal Defenders.

On Saturday, relatives of Ukrainian prisoners of war from Azovstal and activists on Sophia Square in Kyiv called on the world community to respond to the tragedy that occurred on Friday in the colony of the occupied Yelenovka and recognize the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of world terrorism, writes Interfax-Ukraine.

Several dozen people gathered on the square, most of whom were relatives of prisoners of war from the Azov regiment. Groups of people with posters lined up on Sophia Square near the monument to Bogdan Khmelnitsky.

The event was organized by the Viriy initiative group with the support of the Azovstal Defenders Families Association.

The wife of the commander of the Azov regiment, Ekaterina Prokopenko, noted that when the defenders of Azovstal laid down their arms and went into captivity, the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross assured that nothing would threaten their lives and health.

As reported, on July 29, Russian propaganda media reported that as a result of an alleged strike by ZSU on a penal colony in the occupied Yelenovka, Volnovakha district, Donetsk region, where Ukrainian prisoners of war were kept, 53 people were killed and 75 were injured.

AT The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine indicatedthat the artillery shelling of the colony in the occupied Yelenovka was carried out by the troops of the Russian Federation in order to hide the torture and execution of Ukrainian prisoners of war held there, and by statements that the colony was shelled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian occupiers are trying to accuse Ukraine of committing “war crimes”.

human rights activists declaredthat the death of several dozen Ukrainian prisoners of war, who are being held by Russian invaders on the territory of the Yelenovskaya correctional colony No. 120, occurred due to an internal explosion, and not due to shelling, since there was no sound of an arrival characteristic of it.

It is in the colony located in the occupied Yelenovka contain Ukrainian defenders from the Mariupol military garrison, including fighters of the Azov National Guard Regiment and the 36th Naval Infantry Brigade of the Ukrainian Navy, who left the territory of the Azovstal plant blocked by Russian troops in May.


At 4 am on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine and launched a direct full-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine are rebuffing the enemy, the blitzkrieg plan – to capture Kyiv in two or three days – failed, the Russian army retreated from the capital. The Russian military commits thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout Ukraine.

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