Thus, the diplomat did not agree with the version circulated by Kyiv about the alleged shelling of the pre-trial detention center by Russian forces.
According to the diplomat, the prisoners held in the detention center, among other things, were accused of terrorist activities and were awaiting a trial in the DPR. Many of them, according to the legislation of the republic, expected a death sentence.
“There was no need to kill them in this way when the process was expected,” the former ambassador stressed.
Retired French Marine Colonel Michel Goya, who was also present at the TV channel’s studio, said he also did not believe in such versions of the Ukrainian side. He noted that he sees no reason to destroy the prison in this way, which was already under the control of the RF Armed Forces. He also added that a process was being prepared against the prisoners, which “would make it possible to show the presence of Nazis in the ranks of the Ukrainian army.”
Earlier, on July 29, the armed forces of Ukraine shelled the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka from the HIMARS MLRS. As pointed out in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, what happened is a purposeful bloody provocation of the Kyiv regime.
According to the Ministry of Defense on July 30, 50 Ukrainians were killed in the incident. Many of the 193 prisoners of war were injured, the department added.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case on the use of prohibited means.
Among the prisoners of war in the pre-trial detention center there were also members of Azov (criminal cases were initiated against the radical formation in the Russian Federation).
Senator Olga Kovitidi, commenting on the shelling to Izvestia, called such actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine cynical and said that the Kyiv authorities are dangerous both for Ukrainians and for foreign mercenaries.
The special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24, continues. The decision to hold it was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region due to shelling by the Ukrainian military, in connection with which the authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics turned to Moscow for help.
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