Crimson Cross struggles to see jail the place Ukrainian POWs died


KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian and Russian officers blamed one another Saturday for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of conflict in an assault on a jail in a separatist-controlled space. The Worldwide Crimson Cross requested to go to the jail to ensure the scores of wounded POWs had correct therapy, however mentioned its request had not been granted to this point.

In the meantime, Russia stored launching assaults on a number of Ukrainian cities, hitting a college and a bus station.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned the ICRC and the United Nations have an obligation to react to the shelling of the jail complicated in Ukraine’s jap Donetsk province, and he referred to as once more for Russia to be declared a terrorist state.

“Condemnation on the stage of political rhetoric is just not sufficient for this mass homicide,” he mentioned.

Separatist authorities and Russian officers mentioned the assault Friday killed 53 Ukrainian POWs and wounded one other 75. Russia’s Protection Ministry on Saturday issued a listing naming 48 Ukrainian fighters, aged 20 to 62, who died within the assault; it was not clear if the ministry had revised its fatality rely.

Satellite tv for pc photographs taken earlier than and after the assault present {that a} small, squarish constructing in the midst of the Olenivka jail complicated was demolished, its roof in splinters.

Each Ukraine and Russia alleged the assault on the jail was premeditated and supposed to silence the Ukrainian prisoners and destroy proof.

The ICRC, which has organized civilian evacuations and labored to watch the therapy of POWs held by Russia and Ukraine, mentioned it requested entry to the jail “to find out the well being and situation of all of the folks current on-site on the time of the assault.”

“Our precedence proper now’s ensuring that the wounded obtain lifesaving therapy and that the our bodies of those that misplaced their lives are handled in a dignified method,” the Crimson Cross mentioned.

However the group mentioned late Saturday that its request to entry the jail had not been granted but.

“Granting ICRC entry to POWs is an obligation of events to battle beneath the Geneva Conventions,” the ICRC mentioned on Twitter.

Russia claimed Ukraine’s army used U.S.-supplied precision rocket launchers to focus on the jail in Olenivka, a settlement managed by the Moscow-backed Donetsk Individuals’s Republic.

The Ukrainian army accused the Russians of shelling the jail to cowl up the alleged torture and execution of Ukrainians there.

The Institute for the Examine of Warfare, a assume tank based mostly in Washington, mentioned the competing claims and restricted data prevented assigning full duty for the assault however the “obtainable visible proof seems to assist the Ukrainian declare greater than the Russian.”

Moscow has opened a probe into the assault and the U.N. mentioned it additionally was ready to ship investigators. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq mentioned “we stand able to ship a bunch of specialists capable of conduct an investigation, requiring the consent of the events, and we totally assist the initiatives” of the Crimson Cross.

Elsewhere in jap Ukraine, Russian rockets hit a college in Kharkiv and a bus station in Sloviansk, amongst different strikes. In southern Ukraine, one particular person was reported killed and 6 injured in shelling in a residential space in Mykolaiv, native officers mentioned.

Russian and separatist forces try to take full management of the Donetsk area, one in every of two jap provinces that Russia has acknowledged as sovereign states.

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk warned Saturday that Ukrainian-controlled components of Donetsk will face extreme heating issues this winter due to the destruction of fuel mains. She referred to as for a compulsory evacuation of residents earlier than the chilly climate units in.

The jail assault reportedly killed Ukrainian troopers captured in Could after the autumn of Mariupol, a Black Sea port metropolis the place troops and the Azov Regiment of the nationwide guard famously held out towards a months-long Russian siege.

On Saturday, an affiliation of Azov fighters’ family wearing black demonstrated exterior Kyiv’s St. Sophia Cathedral and referred to as for Russia to be designated a terrorist state for violating the Geneva Conference’s guidelines for the therapy of conflict prisoners.

A girl carrying darkish glasses who gave solely her first identify, Iryna, was ready for information of her 23-year-old son.

“I don`t know the way is he, the place is he, if he’s alive or no. I don`t know. It`s a horror, solely horror,” she mentioned.

On the power entrance, Russia’s state-owned pure fuel company mentioned Saturday it has halted shipments to Latvia due to contract violations. Fuel large Gazprom mentioned the shipments have been stopped as a result of Latvia broke “phrases for extraction of fuel.”

The assertion possible referred to a refusal to fulfill Russia’s demand for fuel funds in rubles relatively than different currencies. Gazprom has beforehand suspended fuel shipments to different EU international locations, together with the Netherlands, Poland and Bulgaria, as a result of they might not pay in rubles.

EU nations have been scrambling to safe different power sources, fearing that Russia will lower off extra fuel provides as winter approaches.


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