“The Secretary General has received requests from both sides to investigate the matter. We are looking into whether conditions are in place that would make it possible to conduct a UN investigation,” he said.
Earlier, on July 29, the armed formations of Ukraine (VFU) launched a strike from the American multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) HIMARS at the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka, where Ukrainian prisoners of war were kept. On the same day, the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that this was “deliberate shelling and a desire to destroy” those who began to testify.
As of July 30, according to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, 50 Ukrainians were killed in the incident, many of the 193 prisoners of war were injured. What happened is a purposeful bloody provocation of the Kyiv regime, 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 detention center there were also members of Azov (criminal cases were initiated against the radical formation in the Russian Federation). The former commander of this nationalist group, Andrei Biletsky, announced the start of a “hunt” for those responsible for the attack.
On July 31, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the Russian side had sent an official invitation to the experts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN as part of the investigation into the attack on the pre-trial detention center.
On the same day, Dmitry Polyansky, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, said that Russia had informed Guterres of data that testify to Kyiv’s fault in the attack on the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka.
At the same time, the official representative of the ICRC, Evan Watson, said that the organization was ready to send its employees to Yelenovka. The ICRC also believes that the families of the prisoners of war held in the isolation ward should be informed about the incident.
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 the Russian Federation for help.
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