In the aftermath of a deadly attack on Ukrainian POWs in Olenivka, resulting in the death of at least 50 POWs, Russia called on various international humanitarian organizations to conduct an investigation. The Russian Federation’s major announcement came as Ukrainian authorities repeatedly blamed Moscow for the deadly attack on prisoners of war. Responding to repeated concerns and allegations, the Russian Defense Ministry invited experts from the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to visit the site and conduct an investigation in order to counter the Ukrainian claims, reported TASS News agency. Saturday.
“Russia has officially invited experts from the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross to carry out an impartial investigation into an attack on a pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka, which killed a large number of Ukrainian prisoners of war” reads the press release issued by the ministry.
Earlier in a statement released by Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, he said Ukraine used a US-made HIMARS rocket to bomb the remand center, where were detained Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered. “40 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 75 wounded. In addition, eight employees of the remand center were injured of varying severity,” Sputnik reported Friday citing the ministry. However, the death toll rose to 53 on Saturday and the number of injured exceeded 130, according to an update released by the DPR’s Territorial Defense. The ministry called the Ukrainian attack a “blatant provocation” aimed at intimidating Ukrainian soldiers who are considering surrender.
Zelenskyy also urged the Red Cross to investigate ‘Russian war crimes’
On the other hand, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday denounced the “Russian attack” against Ukrainian prisoners of war in Olenivka. He called the attack a “deliberate war crime” aimed at killing Ukrainian troops who allegedly surrendered during the Russian attack on Mariupol in the Sea of Azov. Furthermore, he urged the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to act judiciously to protect Ukrainian prisoners of war from further Russian attacks.
According to Zelenskyy, Ukrainian diplomats raised the information about the Russian attack on Olenivka to the highest international level and added that all participants in international relations know what really happened. “Russia cannot lie to anyone,” he stressed. He even called on the United States to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism and added that the Biden administration must take concrete action to prevent the aggressor from committing new war crimes.