Russian troops carried out a “targeted and deliberate artillery attack” on a correctional facility in Olenivka in Russian-occupied Donetsk Oblast where Ukrainian prisoners of war were being held, Ukraine’s General Staff said on July 29.
The General Staff said that the invaders did so “in pursuit of their criminal goals.”
The enemy wanted to accuse Ukraine of committing war crimes, while covering up the torture of prisoners and executions committed at the site on the orders of the occupation administration and the command Russian invading forces in the occupied parts of Donetsk Oblast.
“The consequences of the attack are being establishes,” the General Staff said in statement on Facebook.
In turn, the Russian invaders accused the Ukrainian military of “using HIMARS (Ukraine’s Western-supplied high-precision rocket artillery) to hit the facility,” as a result of which 53 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed.
Correctional facility No. 120 is located in Olenivka, where Russian troops are holding captive Ukrainian defenders, including fighters of the Azov regiment.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on June 6 that more than 2,500 defenders of Mariupol from the Azovstal plant are in Russian captivity. According to Ukrayinska Pravda, 2,449 defenders left the territory of Azovstal, they are being held in Russian-occupied Olenivka.
Ukraine’s General Staff on May 16 stated that the commanders of the units at Azovstal received an order from the top military leadership to save the lives of personnel.