The terrorist attack in Yelenovka is a decisive argument for recognizing the Russian Federation as a terrorist state, the president spoke about this with the leaders of NATO and the OSCE.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the terrorist attack in Yelenovka was the decisive argument for recognizing Russia as a terrorist state, but the invaders receive a principled response to crimes on the battlefield.
The head of state said in a video message that he spoke about this today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“Of course, the key topic is defensive support for our struggle for freedom, this is an interaction that we must constantly strengthen for the sake of our common interests,” Zelensky said.
According to him, the OSCE Chairman and Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau visited Kyiv today.
“In negotiations with both Mr. Stoltenberg and Mr. Rau, I paid special attention to the issue of our prisoners of war held by Russia,” Zelensky said.
He added that, in particular, this also applies to the Russian terrorist attack in Yelenovka, which should become a decisive argument for all civilized countries of the world to officially recognize Russia as a terrorist state.
“What else is needed for this? Isn’t this a brutal and obvious terrorist attack enough for appropriate decisions to be made in the key capitals of the world to recognize Russia as a terrorist state? Of course, the occupiers receive a principled response to all their crimes on the battlefield. In this context I want to thank President of the United States Joe Biden and the entire American people today for a new defense support package for Ukraine,” Zelensky added.
Terrorist attack in Yelenovka: what is known
As UNIAN reported earlier, on the night of July 29, an explosion thundered on the territory of the former penal colony in the town of Yelenovka in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk region. As a result, the building was destroyed, which contained Ukrainian prisoners of war, withdrawn from the Azovstal plant.
Immediately after the explosion, Russia accused the Armed Forces of Ukraine of shelling the penal colony. According to the Russian side, more than 50 Ukrainian defenders died, the number of wounded is unknown. Ukrainian law enforcement agencies said that the explosion in Yelenovka was a Russian terrorist act with the aim of concealing war crimes, discrediting the Armed Forces of Ukraine, disrupting the supply of weapons. They demand that the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross immediately respond to the terrorist attack and send an inspection mission to the territory of the colony.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, The attack was carried out by mercenaries from the PMC “Wagner” on the personal instructions of the nominal owner of the said PMC, Evgeny Prigozhin.