The Russian occupying administration held a concert on the ruins of the Azovstal plant in the Russian-occupied city of Mariupol, Petro Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, said on Telegram on Aug. 5.
“Zcum put on a concert at Azovstal. Although it is difficult to call the whining of one guitarist a rock concert, this does not negate the abominable idea,” he wrote.
According to him, no civilians were forced to attend.
The concert was held around a week after an explosion and fire at a Russian camp for Ukrainian prisoners of war in the Russian-occupied town of Olenivka in Donetsk Oblast.
More than 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war are thought to have been killed in the incident, some of whom are suspected to have been the Ukrainian defenders of Azovstal
Ukraine’s General Staff said on July 29 that the Russian Federation had struck the prison colony in Olenivka in order to accuse Ukraine of committing war crimes, as well as to cover up the torture of prisoners and executions, which it said were carried out on the orders of the occupation administration and commanders in Russian-occupied Donetsk Oblast.
Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence, known by its Ukrainian acronym the GUR, stated that the explosions in Olenivka were carried out by mercenaries of Russia’s Wagner private military company on the personal orders of Wagner’s nominal owner, Yevgeny Prigozhin.
In the colony, the invaders held, along with other prisoners of war, the defenders of Mariupol, among whom were the fighters of the Azov Regiment. The UN and the Red Cross had previously agreed to guarantee their safety.
Russian propaganda media claimed that at least 53 Ukrainian prisoners of war had been killed. The next day, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation published a list with the names of 42 dead Ukrainian prisoners. Ukrainian officials state that they have not yet been provided with this data.
According to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office, about 40 people died and 130 were injured as a result of the explosion at the prison camp.
Earlier, on June 6, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that more than 2,500 defenders of Mariupol from the Azovstal plant were in Russian captivity.
According to the Ukrainian news website Ukrainian Pravda, a sister publication of the New Voice of Ukraine, 2,449 defenders left the territory of Azovstal and were held in Russian-occupied Olenivka.