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Terrorist attack on Olenivka colony: UN identifies where ammunition comes from

Terrorist attack on Olenivka colony: UN identifies where ammunition comes from Illustrative photo (Photo: Russian media)
Author: Daria Shekina

The UN managed to determine that the munition used to shell the captured Olenivka colony with Ukrainian servicemen followed an east-to-west trajectory, according to the Human Rights Commissioner of the Ukrainian Parliament Dmytro Lubinets.

The HIMARS missile would have caused much greater destruction

Lubinets reported that a fresh UN report on human rights in Ukraine had been published.

"Despite the fact that already at 11 o'clock, Russian propagandists were filming videos in the barracks with supposed fragments of HIMARS munitions, the UN Human Rights Office notes in the report that the degree of damage to the walls, ceiling, roof, and windows of the barracks, the condition of bunk beds inside, the size of the residual crater, and the radius of the blast are not characteristic of the impact of HIMARS munitions," the statement said.

It is also specified that even one HIMARS missile would likely have caused damage and destruction to the barracks and the adjacent area of a significantly larger and more serious scale. In addition, witnesses told the UN Human Rights Office that they had heard numerous explosions.

The UN has managed to establish new details of the shelling of the colony

Among the new details, the report notes that video recordings and photographs of the destroyed barracks showed the point of impact inside the western wall and two possible points of entry through the roof.

Although the exact type of weapon and its place of origin could not be determined, the pattern of structural damage is consistent with the mentioned munition that moved in an east-to-west trajectory.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office also adds that the state holding prisoners in captivity is responsible for the safety of prisoners of war, and in the event of their death or injury, they are obliged to conduct an immediate official investigation to establish individual criminal responsibility for the deaths or injuries of prisoners of war.

Ombudsman criticizes the UN

It is reported that the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights did not receive information that the Russian Federation fulfilled these obligations regarding the investigation and judicial prosecution.

"Unfortunately, even in such a serious report, the UN cannot put two and two together and understand that only the Russian Federation is to blame for the tragedy. I hope that in the next report, they will have the courage to write about it directly," Lubinets wrote.

Explosion in Olenivka colony

During the explosion that occurred on the night of July 29 last year on the territory of the former Olenivka correctional colony, a building in which Ukrainian prisoners of war were held was destroyed.

According to Russian data, as a result, 50 Ukrainian defenders were killed. Among those detained in the colony were fighters from Azovstal. According to intelligence data, the Russians did not intend to exchange Ukrainian prisoners in Olenivka and deliberately executed them to cover up the torture and the conditions of detention of prisoners.

The Human Rights Commissioner of the Ukrainian Parliament Dmytro Lubinets stated that the UN had no desire to seek direct mechanisms of influence on Russia. The mission investigating the Olenivka attack never agreed to receive materials on the explosion in the colony.