The shelling of the colony in Yelenovka was reported by the DPR authorities on the morning of September 18. According to them, three were injured, one prisoner was killed. The Ukrainian Ombudsman asked Moskalkova for information about the incident
Ukraine turned to Russia with a request to provide information about the victims and those who died as a result of the shelling of the correctional colony in Yelenovka in the DPR. Dmitry Lubinets, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada, wrote about this in his telegram channel.
“At the moment, we have not received information about the names of the victims, but we are requesting this as a direct— to Mrs. [Ombudsman for Human Rights in Russia Tatyana] Moskalkova, and through the UN and the ICRC. As before, as an ombudsman, I am ready to personally arrive in Yelenevka to assess all the facts and communicate with witnesses of the shelling, wounded and detained citizens, — he wrote.
The Ministry of Justice of the DPR on the morning of September 18 reported that the Volnovakha colony in Yelenovka was under fire from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the Ministry of Justice, three were injured, one captured Ukrainian soldier was killed. At the same time, the staff of the colony, as reported, was not injured.
Earlier, on July 29, the authorities of the DPR reported about the strike on the pre-trial detention center with Ukrainian prisoners of war in Yelenovka. The Ministry of Information of the Republic then noted that the strike was carried out with the help of the American HIMARS multiple launch rocket system. The Russian Ministry of Defense later confirmed the DPR data, specifying that among the prisoners were fighters of the Azov battalion. (recognized as a terrorist organization in Russia and banned). Official Kyiv denied the accusations and indicated that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not strike at the pre-trial detention center.
As a result of the strike, 50 people were killed and 73 more were injured, the Russian ministry said. The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case on the use of prohibited means and methods in an armed conflict (Article 356 of the Criminal Code). The death toll later rose to 53. RIA Novosti reported the discovery of the wreckage of HIMARS at the site of the shelling.
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At the end of July, Russia invited experts from the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to take part in the investigation. Both organizations agreed. Kyiv also made a similar request to the UN and the ICRC. UN Secretary General António Guterres instructed to create a special mission to investigate the strike.
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