Barrack in Olenivka colony blown up by Russians, satellite images prove

Barrack in Olenivka colony blown up by Russians, satellite images prove

Politico journalist Christopher Miller posted a set of satellite images of the Olenivka penal colony, where Ukrainian prisoners of war were being held, before and after the blast that destroyed the building on the night of July 29, killing dozens of Ukrainian servicemen.

As reported by Ukrinform, the journalist shared the news on Twitter.

"New sat images of Olenivka prison in Russia-occupied Donetsk region of Ukraine where at least 50 Ukrainian POWs were killed in an attack that Kyiv says — and preliminary evidence suggests — Russian forces carried out. Before, pics 1 & 3: July 27. After, 2 & 4: July 30,” the tweet reads, adding that the images were provided by Maxar.

As can be seen from the satellite images, no other building was damaged on the colony’s premises but the one in which the Ukrainian POWS were being held.

As reported, an explosion rang out on the territory of a former correctional colony in the temporarily occupied settlement of Olenivka, Donetsk region, overnight Friday, destroying the barrack where the Ukrainian prisoners of war were being held.

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Ukrainian intelligence suggested it was mercenaries with the Wagner (Liga) Private Military Company, integrated into the Russian invasion forces, who killed the POWs.

About 50 captured Ukrainian defenders could be killed in the blast, while no independently verified reports have been available so far.

As noted by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian military deliberately destroyed the barrack with Ukrainian POWs in it.

The Ukrainian branch of the International Committee of the Red Cross was denied access to the site of the explosion, which is a direct violation by the Russian invaders of the Geneva Convention.

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