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Ukraine war: UN and Red Cross ought to examine jail passings, says Ukraine

The BBC has blurred some of this photograph showing the building after it was attacked

The BBC has blurred some of this photograph showing the building after it was attacked

Ukraine has required the United Nations and the Red Cross to be permitted to explore the passings of in excess of 50 Ukrainian detainees of war (POWs) in an assault an in involved area.

The Red Cross said it is looking for admittance to the jail to assist with emptying and treating the injured.

Ukraine and Russia have blamed each other for going after the camp.

Unconfirmed Russian video film of the fallout shows a knot of destroyed cots and severely burned bodies.

Caution: You might track down subtleties beneath upsetting

Precisely what occurred at the jail camp in Olenivka, which is constrained by the Russian-upheld self-announced Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), stays muddled.

Ukraine says the site was designated by Russia with an end goal to obliterate proof of torment and killing. President Volodymyr Zelensky depicted the occurrence as a

“purposeful Russian atrocity.”

As far as concerns its, Russia said the camp was hit by Ukrainian accuracy rockets.

Those confined at the jail are said to have included individuals from the Azov contingent, who were caught protecting the southern city of Mariupol in May and whom Russia has tried to portray as neo-Nazis and war lawbreakers.

On Friday, after the jail assault, the Russian government office in the UK tweeted that Azov

“aggressors merit execution, however demise not by terminating crew but rather by hanging, since they’re not genuine warriors. They merit an embarrassing passing”.

Daniil Bezsonov, a representative for the DNR, said the strike had been a

“immediate hit on a garisson huts keeping detainees”.

Russia’s guard service said the strike had been done with US-made Himars cannons and it blamed Ukraine for a “purposely executed” incitement. The service delivered parts of what it said were rockets terminated by the Himars framework.

Yet, Ukraine rejected that any rocket or gunnery strikes had been made.

A counselor to President Zelensky said the scene seemed to be pyromania, and that a rocket strike would have dissipated the bodies.

Ukraine’s general staff of the military approached the UN and the Red Cross to examine the passings, guaranteeing that Russia had designated the camp to conceal its treatment of POWs.

Composing via online entertainment, it said they ought to promptly answer as the two associations had provided ensures with that the detainees of war would be remained careful there.

The Red Cross said it was looking for admittance to the site and had proposed to assist with emptying the injured.

“Our need right presently is ensuring that the injured get life-saving treatment and that the groups of the people who lost their lives are managed in an honorable way,” it said in an explanation.

Ukraine’s new Prosecutor-General Andriy Kostin prior said he had opened an atrocities examination concerning the impact.

A war crime but who was behind it?

The scene inside the

“filtration camp”

near Olenivka is hellish.

Rays of sunlight shining through jagged holes in the corrugated iron roof reveal a tangle of metal bunk beds and an unknown number of charred bodies, some of them still lying where, presumably, they had been sleeping.

Outside, there is blood on a wooden pallet and more bodies, not burned, but bloodied. They look emaciated.

With independent journalists not able to access the site, there’s little anyone can do at the moment to verify the competing claims. Ukraine says it has a mountain of evidence, including an intercepted radio conversation between Russian-backed separatists, in which they talk about a series of explosions deliberately engineered by the rebels themselves. Other Ukrainian sources blame mercenaries from Russia’s Wagner group.

Only a thorough investigation by impartial experts can possibly establish the truth. Whether such experts will ever be allowed access to this appalling scene is doubtful.

Footage of the destruction within a hangar-like dormitory filled with burned or destroyed bunk beds appeared online on Friday morning. The footage came from Russian state TV channel Russia 1. It then cuts to footage of destruction and bloodshed outside the building.

The BBC cannot verify whether the interior and exterior shots are at the same location.

The BBC’s Reality Check team have, however, confirmed that the shots of the outside of the building match Prison No. 120, near Olenivka.

The prison was empty before February 2022, and has been used exclusively for POWs and civilians who didn’t pass Russian filtration – a system where people are interrogated before it is decided where they will be sent.

Andriy Biletskyi, a founder of the nationalist Azov Battalion, said a number of the unit’s soldiers were among those killed.

It has been established that a number of Ukrainian troops who surrendered to Russian forces after a protracted siege at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol were taken to Olenivka.

Map showing Olenivka prison
The troops had held out against a relentless Russian assault on the sprawling site for weeks and surrendered in May after using the plant’s maze of tunnels to shelter from artillery and air strikes.

Ukrainian officials have said that POWs at Olenivka were tortured.

There was further outrage in Ukraine on Friday at a shocking video circulating online that showed a prisoner of war being castrated in another area of Russian-occupied Donbas.

The Russian soldier filmed carrying out the attack in the town of Severodonetsk was identified as a member of a unit belonging to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Residents from a Kyiv apartment block damaged by a Russian rocket are trying to rebuild their homes

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