According to Russian sources, an attack by the HIMARS artillery system on a prison in Donetsk killed around 50 people, including 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war. 75 other people were injured by the Ukrainian attack.
According to recent reports, the Ukrainian army shelled a prison in eastern Ukraine, killing around 50 and injuring 75 people. Denis Puschilin, leader of the Donetsk separatists, put the number of dead at 47. The territorial defense forces of the separatist state said 53 people died, the news agency said AFP.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the prison in Olenivka in the separatist-controlled Donetsk region was shelled overnight with US-made HIMARS missile systems. “Forty Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 75 wounded,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that eight detention center staff were also injured.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, among the prisoners of war killed were members of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, who surrendered to Russian troops when Mariupol was captured. Moscow also claimed that this attack on the prison was a “bloody provocation by the Kiev regime” to prevent Ukrainian soldiers from laying down their arms and surrendering.
Meanwhile, various Twitter users claim that this was a cover-up operation by the Russians to cover their tracks for torture, or simply to murder POWs. The blowing up of an entire prison seems to be a somewhat exaggerated measure to cover up alleged evidence of torture.