UN launches mission to establish facts of tragedy in Yelenovskaya colony

The terms of reference for the mission are under preparation.

More than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed during the shelling of the colony in Yelenovka /

UN will begin an investigation into the attack on the colony in Yelenovka, which killed dozens of prisoners of war.

Secretary General António Guterres said he would launch a fact-finding mission after Russia and Ukraine request an investigation.

He said that the terms of reference for the mission, which would require the consent of Russia and Ukraine, were under preparation.

Terrorist attack in Yelenovka: what is known

As UNIAN reported earlier, on the night of July 29, an explosion thundered on the territory of the former penal colony in the town of Yelenovka in the temporarily occupied territory of 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 As a result, the building was destroyed, which contained Ukrainian prisoners of war, withdrawn from the Azovstal plant.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” on the personal instructions of the nominal owner of the said PMC, Evgeny Prigozhin.

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