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UN Secretary-General informs Russia and Ukraine of the powers of the UN mission in Yelenovka

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A barracks in a prison camp in Yelenovka. Archive photo

Guterres informed Kyiv and Moscow of the powers of the mission to investigate the incident in Yelenovka

UN, 18 August – RIA Novosti. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that he had informed Russia and Ukraine of the mandate of the mission to establish the facts regarding the bomb attack on the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka.

“What happened there is unacceptable. All prisoners of war are protected by international humanitarian law. The ICRC should have access to them,” Guterres said at a press conference with Turkish leaders Tayyip Erdogan and Volodymyr Zelensky in Lvov. said.

He stated that, at the request of the Ukrainian and Russian authorities, he decided to establish a mission to establish the facts of the bombing of the pre-trial detention center. “Ukraine and the Russian Federation have been informed about the mission’s job description and the composition of the team. I intend to appoint General Carlos dos Santos Cruz from Brazil to head this mission,” said the Secretary General. .

According to him, the UN is working to obtain the necessary guarantees for safe access to the scene and other relevant sites.

“Simply put, the fact-finding mission must be free to find facts. The team must be able to gather and analyze the necessary information. First of all, this means safe, reliable and unhindered access to people, places, and evidence of any interference from any side,” he added. Guterres.

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that a Ukrainian attack on a detention center in Yelenovka from HIMARS at the end of July killed 50 and injured 73 Ukrainian POWs. Later, the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, said that the bombing of the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka was deliberate and began because militants who were there, especially from Azov *, began to testify. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that Russia called on UN and ICRC experts to investigate Yelenovka.

* Organization recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia

Source: Ria

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