Russian aggressor is guilty of killing 53 prisoners of war in Yelenovka - ISW

10:16 02 August Kyiv, Ukraine

The American Institute for the Study of War believes that Russia is responsible for the murder of 53 Ukrainian prisoners of war in a prison in Yelenovka, Donetsk region, on July 28.

 
This became known from the ISW report.
 
"ISW assesses that Russian forces are responsible for the killing of 53 Ukrainian POWs in a bombing at a Russian-controlled prison in Yelenovka, Donetsk region, on July 28. ISW believes that Russia is responsible for this attack on Ukrainian prisoners of war in violation of the Geneva Convention.
 
ISW cites two US officials who anonymously confirmed to Politico on Aug. 1 that "no traces of US-provided HIMARS artillery missile systems have been found."

The Kremlin alleges that Ukraine allegedly used HIMARS missiles to kill Ukrainian prisoners of war and deter Ukrainian defectors.

However, satellite and other images from the scene of the tragedy show that only one building was damaged as a result of the explosion in Yelenovka - moreover, the walls of this building were not destroyed, and there is no shell crater nearby.

The ISW emphasizes that all this strongly suggests that the destruction of the prison was the result of either a precision strike or explosives planted inside.

One US official also told Politico that "the evidence showed that Kyiv did not carry out the attack."

Earlier, on August 1, Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said that according to preliminary data from international experts, Ukrainian prisoners of war in the colony of occupied Yelenovka were killed using thermobaric weapons.