Ukrainian prisoners of war in the prison camp in occupied Olenivka were probably killed with thermobaric weapons, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine said. At least 50 people were killed and 73 injured in the strike at the facility.
“I get reports every three hours about what’s happening in this criminal case. We have now consulted our international experts. There are many international experts working with the Prosecutor General’s Office,” Andrii Kostin said, according to Pravda.
“I would like to inform you that the preliminary conclusions of our international experts indicate that a thermobaric weapon was the method of killing. These are preliminary conclusions of several international experts. That is, it was definitely not rocket fire – they are convinced of that,” he said, adding: “This is also confirmed by the information currently being processed by the investigative authorities in the pre-trial under the prosecution of the prosecutors of the Attorney General’s Office.”
Kostin also said that Russia used thermobaric weapons in its fight in Ukraine, which began on February 24.
“As far as individuals are concerned [guilty of killing prisoners of war – ed.], urgent investigative measures are ongoing, but this problem is more complicated. In my opinion, the priority now is to expose Russian propaganda and disinformation about the possible detonation of this building with HIMARS missile systems, which is what they are trying to claim,” the Attorney General said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy previously said the bombing was a “premeditated Russian war crime”. Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of carrying out the attack. Russia said Ukraine used US-made weapons, including HIMARS, to hit the prison.
Meanwhile, the commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade, Major Serhii “Volyna” Volynskyi, was also recently spotted in a video implying that the Russian occupiers killed the Ukrainian POWs in order to influence the prisoners’ psyche and morale. According to the Odessa Journal, it remains unclear where Volynskyi was speaking from.
“A very terrible tragedy has happened. From our barracks we could see a yellow light, an explosion. We heard screams Russian Federation, commented. According to Pravda, Volynskyi were asked manipulative questions by the occupiers in the video shared by propagandist Andrey Rudenko.
“I think this situation will affect the psyche of the people in captivity and the people who may be captured. There will be fear among those who were part of the events and among their relatives and friends. Now our family and friends are very concerned about what happened. It’s still not known for sure who died,” he said.
“Everyone is shocked. No one can find an explanation, everyone mourns. There is silence in the barracks. A great catastrophe has happened. People have been through hell-expected freedom, and such a tragedy happens right at the finish line.”
International business hours cannot independently verify the allegations regarding the strike in Olenivka prison.
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