Ukraine and Russia, the latter supported by eastern Ukrainian separatists, exchanged accusations this Friday (29) over missile attacks on a prison in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk that caused the death of at least 40 Ukrainian prisoners.
The Ukrainian government countered allegations by pro-Russian separatists through the command of the Missile and Artillery Forces of the Ukrainian Army, which denied in a statement having carried out attacks in the Olenivka region and claimed that, “thanks to the high-precision weapons received from partner countries, it carries out extremely accurate strikes only against Russian military targets.”
“The Forces Ukraine’s navies fully adhere to the principles and comply with the norms of international humanitarian law, have never carried out and are not carrying out the bombing of civilian infrastructure, especially places where prisoners of war are likely to be held,” the note reads.
The Attorney-G The general of Ukraine has opened preliminary investigations into the attacks, which also injured around 130 people, according to the Ukrinform news agency.
Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Ukraine, blamed Russia for the attack. “Russia committed another petrifying war crime by bombing a correctional facility in occupied Olenivka, where it held Ukrainian prisoners of war. I appeal to all partners to strongly condemn this brutal violation of international humanitarian law and recognize Russia as a terrorist state,” he wrote on Twitter.
Pro-Russian separatists have already accused the Kyiv forces. this Friday of having attacked with missiles the prison in Donetsk where Ukrainian prisoners were being held. “At night they fired on the Olenivka prison, allegedly with (missiles) Himars,” said Daniil Bezsonov, the separatists’ deputy information minister.
According to state news agency Sputnik, the Russian Defense Ministry also attributed the attack to Ukrainian forces.
The Ukrainian military accused Russia of continuing “its propaganda methods of conducting an information war to accuse the Ukrainian Armed Forces of bomb civilian infrastructure and the population, thus hiding their own insidious actions.”