The Ukrainian military could have been killed before the explosion.
Independent OSINT researchers conducted their analysis of satellite images of the territory published on the network Yelenovskaya colonywhere more than 50 prisoners of war were executed, and came to new conclusions.
So, OSINT researcher Alexander Oliver, referring to a video analyzed by the founder of Bellingcat, noticed The photographs show fresh graves dug, probably before the explosion, near the northern wall of the colony.
Footage from 18 May shows that the POWs were housed in the main cell block away from the collapsed building, which appears to be outside the inner perimeter.
The graves were dug a week before the explosion.
“If these are graves, then this is further evidence that this was a pre-planned Russian war crime,” Oliver wrote.
He admitted that there may be dug graves in prisoner-of-war camps, but this particular case speaks of the real intentions of the occupiers to execute the fighters.
“The number of possible graves that appear fresh in these images and the scale of war crimes seem to be more than a coincidence. I believe the POWs may have been killed prior to the explosion, which was later used as a front to blame Ukraine” added Oliver.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on the night of July 29, an explosion thundered on the territory of a former penal colony in the town of Yelenovka in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region. As a result, the building was destroyed, which contained Ukrainian prisoners of war, withdrawn from the Azovstal plant.
Immediately after the explosion, Russia accused the Armed Forces of Ukraine of shelling the penal colony. According to the Russian side, more than 50 Ukrainian defenders died, the number of wounded is unknown. Ukrainian law enforcement agencies said that the explosion in Yelenovka was a Russian terrorist act with the aim of concealing war crimes, discrediting the Armed Forces of Ukraine, disrupting the supply of weapons. They demand that the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross immediately respond to the terrorist attack and send an inspection mission to the territory of the colony.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, The attack was carried out by mercenaries from the PMC “Wagner” (League) on the personal instructions of the nominal owner of the specified PMC – Evgeny Prigozhin.
In connection with the terrorist attack in Yelenovka, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky noted the need for a clear legal recognition of Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.