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UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the United Nations is launching a mission whose task will be to collect facts about the deaths of Ukrainian prisoners of war in Yelenovka.
According to Guterres, quoted by Reuters, both Russia and Ukraine have asked the UN to conduct such an investigation.
Details will be announced later, Guterres said, adding that both sides of the conflict should agree on the work of the mission.
On July 29, 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed in the colony in Yelenovka and more than 70 were injured. Russia claims that Ukraine launched a missile attack on the colony. Kyiv denies these accusations and claims that the Russian side is to blame, which wanted to hide “traces of torture and execution of prisoners.”
Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities said they had contacted the UN in connection with the incident in Yelenovka, but did not receive any response.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, two days after the death of prisoners of war in Yelenovka, stated that “in the interests of conducting an objective investigation,” Russia invited experts from the UN and the Red Cross. At the same time, the International Committee of the Red Cross stated that the employees could not obtain the consent of the Russian side to visit Yelenovka, which, as emphasized, violates the Geneva Conventions.