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War in Ukraine: According to Ukraine, the UN and Red Cross should look into prisoner deaths

War in Ukraine: According to Ukraine, the UN and Red Cross should look into prisoner deaths

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On Friday, after the prison attack, the Russian embassy in the UK tweeted that Azov “militants deserve execution, but death not by firing squad but by hanging, because they’re not real soldiers. They deserve a humiliating death”.

Daniil Bezsonov, a spokesman for the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, said the strike had been a “direct hit on a barracks holding prisoners”.

Russia’s defence ministry said the strike had been carried out with US-made Himars artillery and it accused Ukraine of a “deliberately perpetrated” provocation. The ministry produced fragments of what it said were rockets fired by the Himars system.

But Ukraine denied that any rocket or artillery strikes had been made.

An adviser to President Zelensky said the scene looked like arson, and that a missile strike would have scattered the bodies.

The general staff of the Ukrainian armed forces requested an investigation into the killings from the UN and the Red Cross, alleging that Russia had targeted the camp to conceal its treatment of POWs.

It wrote on social media that they should respond right away because the two organizations had promised to keep the prisoners of war secure there.

The Red Cross claimed it was requesting entry to the area and has volunteered to assist in the injured’s evacuation.

According to a statement from the organization, “our top priority right now is ensuring that the injured receive life-saving treatment and that the bodies of those who lost their lives are treated with dignity.”

Andriy Kostin, the new prosecutor general of Ukraine, earlier declared that he had launched a war crimes inquiry into the explosion.

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