Burnt bodies of detainees covered after the shelling of a remand center in the locality of Olenivka in the Donetsk region, Ukraine
Russia and Ukraine accused each other Friday of the bombing of a prison in separatist territory in eastern Ukraine, as the President Volodymyr Zelensky was overseeing a first shipment of grain, crucial for global food security.
The Russian military reported 40 dead and 75 wounded in the strike on Olenivka prison, while pro-Russian separatist authorities in the Donetsk region cited death tolls of 47 and 53.
Ukrainian forces fired on the prison where members of the Azov battalion are being held, using American projectiles from the HIMARS system, according to the Russian Investigative Committee, the main body of investigation ;Russia investigation.
The Azov regiment, which Moscow accuses of being a neo-Nazi formation, distinguished itself in the defense of the city of Mariupol, in the south-east of Ukraine, against the army Russian.
After long weeks of siege and resistance at the Azovstal steel site in Mariupol, some 2,500 Ukrainian fighters surrendered by May. The Russian authorities had indicated that they would be incarcerated in Olenivka.
“This outrageous provocation is intended to scare Ukrainian soldiers and deter them from surrendering. »
— Russian Defense Ministry
But Ukraine quickly denied targeting civilian infrastructure or prisoners of war, stressing that the military fully adheres to the principles and the norms of international humanitarian law.
The Ukrainian General Staff in turn accused the Russian army of being behind this targeted artillery bombardment, in order to blame Ukraine of having committed war crimes and covering up the torture of prisoners and the executions they perpetrated there.
Russian public television broadcast images presented as being those of the charred barracks and the tangles of destroyed metal beds. She showed blurred images of what appear to be human bodies.
AFP could not verify all of these source statements independent.
Also on military ground, at least five people were killed and seven injured in a Russian strike that hit a bus stop in the Mykolaiv region of southern Ukraine, according to regional governor Vitaly Kim.
He accused Russian forces of shelling the city during the day, when everyone is going about their business.
And at least eight people, according to the Ukrainian presidency, have been killed and 19 others injured in the past 24 hours in the Donetsk region. This region, in the Donbass mining basin, has been partly controlled since 2014 by pro-Russian separatists and Moscow is seeking to conquer it in full.
In the Kharkiv region, in the north -est, at least one person was killed and seven others injured, according to the same source.
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The Ukrainian army for its part destroyed a train station in Brylivka, a village in the southern occupied region of Kherson, where the Ukrainians launched a counter-offensive, in order to complicate supplies for the Russian army, said said local MP Serguii Khlan.
In addition, the life sentence handed down to a Russian soldier in May for killing a civilian in Ukraine was reduced to 15 years in prison on appeal by a kyiv court.
Sergeant Vadim Chichimarine, 21, had admitted shooting dead Oleksandre Chelipov, a 62-year-old civilian, in the northeast of the country during the early days of Ukraine's invasion of Ukraine; Russian army launched on 24 February. Pleading guilty, he was sentenced on May 23 for war crimes and premeditated murder.
On the grain front blocked in Ukraine since the start of the war, exports could resume in the next few days, according to kyiv.
President Zelensky traveled to the Black Sea port of Chornomorsk on Friday to oversee an initial shipment of grain to a Turkish ship, under a July 22 agreement with Russia.
We are fully prepared. We have sent all the signals to our partners, the UN and Turkey, and our military guarantees the security situation, Mr. Zelensky said. According to him, kyiv is just waiting for a signal from Ankara and the UN, guarantors of the agreement, to start.
Ukraine, like Russia, is among the world's largest grain exporters. kyiv says it wants to sell some 20 million tonnes worth around $10 billion under the deal to ease a global food crisis that has seen prices soar in some of the countries among poorest in the world.
In the energy field, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and French President Emmanuel Macron wanted to intensify cooperation to mitigate the effects in Europe, the Middle East and in the world of the war in Ukraine, according to the French presidency.
Since the Russian invasion, Western countries have been trying to convince Saudi Arabia to #x27;open the floodgates to relieve the markets. Rising oil prices are notably fueling inflation in the United States, which has reached 40-year highs.