15:45 10 Aug 2022

Ukraine stated in OSCE there is evidence proving russia planned killing of prisoners in Olenivka

Ukraine has sufficient evidence that the mass killing of prisoners of war in occupied Olenivka was pre-planned by russia

According to Ukrinform, it was stated by the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to international organizations in Vienna, Yevhen Tsimbalyuk, during a special meeting of the Permanent Council of the OSCE.

The Ukrainian ambassador noted that satellite images show that only one building was damaged in the colony, where prisoners of war were transferred immediately before the attack.

In addition, the analysis of the photo indicates a thermobaric explosion from the inside, he added.

"There is enough evidence of what happened in Olenivka to believe that it was a pre-planned mass murder of those who were under the protection of international law," he said.

"Mass murder of Ukrainian prisoners of war in the penal colony in occupied Olenivka.

And also, the published videos, which demonstrate terrible cases of torture, physical violence, inhumane treatment, and deliberate killing of Ukrainian prisoners of war, clearly indicate that russia knows no boundaries in its cruelty and barbarism," Tsymbalyuk emphasized.

As the representative reported, there is no difference between russian diplomats calling for the shooting of Ukrainian prisoners of war and russian troops doing it in Olenivka.

"This gross and serious violation of international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions, deserves not only our strong condemnation but also the use of all available mechanisms to bring to justice all those responsible for russia's war crimes. Regardless of how long it takes," the head of the Ukrainian mission to the OSCE emphasized.

He also added that the russian federation should not be allowed to use its puppets in ORDLO to circumvent international obligations and avoid criminal liability.


On the night of July 29, on the territory of the former correctional colony No. 210 of Olenivka, in the temporarily captured territory of the Donetsk region, a powerful explosion occurred in the building where Ukrainian prisoners of war were kept.

According to the russian side, about 50 Ukrainian defenders were killed, and more than 70 were seriously injured.

The General Staff of Ukraine denied the accusations of the Russian Federation that the Armed Forces carried out the attack.

According to the General Staff, the russians tried to hide the torture and murder of prisoners.

Intelligence agencies believe that the killing of Ukrainian prisoners in Olenivka, Donetsk region, was organized by the mercenaries of the "Wagner" PMC on the personal instructions of Yevhen Prigozhin, without coordinating it with the leadership of the russian Ministry of Defense.

"Azov" units announced a hunt for all involved in the mass murder of Ukrainian prisoners of war in Olenivka on July 29.

As Rubryka reported today, the Red Cross informed that the russian side did not give the Organization's representatives access to the colony in the occupied Olenivka, where approximately 40 Ukrainian soldiers died and 130 were wounded.

Meanwhile, new satellite images of the colony before and after the killing of the Ukrainian military have been released, showing that the building was blown up from the inside.

On July 30, Human Rights Commissioner Lubinets stated that the Ukrainian side had begun the procedure of returning the bodies of those killed in the Olenivka Colony.

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