War in Ukraine: UN to investigate explosions at Olenivka prison | War in Ukraine

War in Ukraine: UN to investigate explosions at Olenivka prison | War in Ukraine

A destroyed prison shack in Olenivka, in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces, eastern Ukraine.

The UN secretary-general will launch a fact-finding mission to uncover the “truth” about the explosions last week at Olenivka prison in a pro-Russian separatist area in eastern Ukraine, he said. -he announced on Wednesday, responding to requests from kyiv and Moscow.

I decided […] to launch a fact-finding mission after receiving requests from the Russian Federation and Ukraine, Antonio Guterres said at a press conference, recalling that he had no authority to conduct criminal investigations.

The terms of reference for this fact-finding mission are being prepared, he added, hoping to find a agreement with Russia and Ukraine on these terms.

We hope to obtain all access facilities from both parties and obtaining the data necessary to establish the truth on what happened, he added, specifying that he was looking for the right, independent and competent people to integrate this mission.

Last week, explosions in Olenivka prison, in a pro-Russian separatist area in eastern Ukraine and where Ukrainian soldiers taken prisoner in Mariupol were held, left ten groins of dead, according to the Russian army.

Moscow accuses kyiv of having bombarded this prison camp, which the Ukrainian authorities refute, who affirm on the contrary that these prisoners were massacred by Russian forces.

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