​russians Deliberately Shelled Prison Where They Tortured And Shot Ukrainian POWs

​russians Deliberately Shelled Prison Where They Tortured And Shot Ukrainian POWs

The armed forces of the russian federation carried out a targeted artillery shelling of a correctional institution in the settlement of Olenivka, Donetsk oblast, where Ukrainian prisoners of war (POW) were also held. In this way, the russian occupiers pursued their criminal goals - to accuse Ukraine of committing "war crimes", as well as to hide the torture of prisoners and executions, which they carried out there on the orders of the occupation administration and the command of the armed forces of the russian federation in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region

That is according to the official statement of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

As Ukraine’s General Staff states, the consequences of the shelling are being clarified.

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As The Guardian reports, earlier russia’s defense ministry said Ukraine struck a prison in separatist-held territory with US-made Himars rockets on Friday, killing 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war and leaving 75 wounded.

But as the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine states, “according to the commander of the Missile Forces and Artillery of the Land Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not launch missile and artillery strikes in the area of Olenivka settlement. Missile troops and artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, thanks to the high-precision weapons received from partner countries, deliver extremely accurate strikes only on russian military objects.”

According to Ukraine’s General Staff, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fully adhere to the principles and fulfil the norms of International Humanitarian Law, have never conducted and are not conducting shelling of civilian infrastructure, especially places where fellow prisoners of war are likely to be kept.

russians Deliberately Shelled Prison Where They Tortured And Shot Ukrainian POWs, Defense Express
It is claimed that this photo depicts the prison in Yelenovka after the shelling / Photo from open sources

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stresses: “The russian enemy continues its propaganda methods of conducting an information war in order to accuse the Armed Forces of Ukraine of shelling civilian infrastructure and the population, thus hiding its own insidious actions. Therefore, such statements about the alleged shelling of civilian infrastructure and the population by the Armed Forces of Ukraine are outright lies and provocation, the responsibility of which is borne by Russia - the aggressor country, the occupier and the sponsor of terrorism.”

Multi-year, Russia has repeatedly violated international humanitarian law in Ukraine. We have a lot of examples of it, but now Defense Express pay attention to the glaring violations of the last few days, which require world condemnation by the community and effective prosecution of offenses in international courts.

The facts of international humanitarian law violations by russian armed forces in Ukraine in February - April 2022 you can find here, in May - here, in June - here

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