Russia claimed on Friday that Ukraine had killed 40 of its prisoners in a US missile attack. Russia said Ukraine had targeted a prison in separatist-held territory with a US-made Himmars missile. According to a Reuters report, more than 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 75 wounded during this period. Ukraine denied the allegations. These prisoners were arrested in May after the Russian occupation of Mariupol.
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And the Associated Press reported in its report that 53 Ukrainian prisoners of war who were held hostage during the war of occupation of Mariupol were killed in the bombing of Ukraine. Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine made this claim. The report said that missiles were fired from Ukraine at a prison in the town of Olenivka in the Russian-controlled Donetsk region, injuring 75 Ukrainian prisoners of war. In a video posted by Andrei Rudenko, a war correspondent for Russian media, Russian-backed military personnel can be seen walking through the charred remains of a prison. The building’s broken roof is hanging down.
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Russia said that Ukraine used multiple missile launchers supplied by the United States HIMARS in the attack on the Olenivka prison in the Russian-controlled Donetsk region. Russian and separatist officials in Donetsk said 53 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 75 wounded in the attack.
A spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov, called the attack a “bloody provocation” aimed at dissuading Ukrainian forces from surrendering. He said that eight prison guards were also wounded in the bombing. The Ukrainian military denied that there had been any missile or artillery attack on Olinivka and insisted that it had not bombed civilian areas and was only targeting Russian military bases.
The Ukrainian military alleges that Russia deliberately bombed the prison to accuse Ukraine of war crimes and a cover-up of torture and the death penalty. The Ukrainian military statement condemned the Russian allegations as part of the ‘information war to blame the Ukrainian army’. However, none of the claims could be independently verified.