Institute for the Study of War summarizes how Russia killed prisoners of war – UNIAN

Evidence shows that the attack was not carried out by Kyiv.

The Russians executed Ukrainian prisoners of war in the Yelenovskaya colony /

Russian forces are responsible for the killing of 53 Ukrainian POWs in a July 28 explosion at a Russian-controlled prison in Yelenovka Donetsk region.

This is stated in report American Institute for the Study of War (ISW)

Experts drew attention to the lies of the Kremlin, allegedly Ukraine itself is guilty of killing prisoners of war.

“Satellite and other images from the site show that only one building was damaged as a result of the attack, the walls of this building were not destroyed, and there were no shell craters around, which very strongly indicates that the destruction of the prison was the result of either a targeted strike or planted inside an incendiary or explosive,” analysts say.

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Had Ukraine used something other than HIMARS to strike, the attack would almost certainly have left collateral damage around the site, including craters and other damaged buildings.

ISW quoted a US official as telling Politico that “the evidence shows that the attack was not carried out by Kyiv.”

Given the US assessment that HIMARS were not used in the attack, ISW believes that Russia is responsible for this attack on Ukrainian POWs in violation of the Geneva Conventions.

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 As a result, the building was destroyed, which contained Ukrainian prisoners of war, withdrawn from the Azovstal plant.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 stated 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.

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