Ukraine’s self-propelled artillery shoots toward Russian forces at a frontline in Kharkiv region, July 27, 2022. (Photo by AP)
The bombardment of a prison in separatist-held Donetsk, according to the Russian defense ministry, has killed 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war.
The Ukrainian military denied conducting the attack and charged Russia with shelling the prison.
Moscow, according to the report, allegedly wanted to hide evidence of torture there.
According to Ukraine’s General Staff, the Russian occupants “pursued their criminal goals” by accusing Ukraine of committing “war crimes” and covering up the shootings and torture of detainees that took place under the direction of the Russian Federation’s armed forces and the command of the occupation administration.
Eight prison staff had been wounded says the ministry’s spokesperson, Lt Gen Igor Konashenkov.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky, said the Russian allegations were “a classic, cynical and elaborate false flag operation” designed to discredit Ukrainian authorities.
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, accused Russia of committing another horrifying war crime.
It has been established that a number of Ukrainian troops who surrendered to Russian forces following a lengthy siege at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol were transported to Olenivka.
The troops had resisted a relentless Russian assault on the sprawling site for weeks before surrendering in May after taking refuge in the plant’s maze of tunnels from artillery and air strikes.
Writing by Adeniyi Bakare